American History Prime Time Schedule, September 21-25, 2020
C-SPAN3's American History TV in Prime Time
September 21 - September 25, 2020
8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3
Monday, September 21
History Through Film
Filmmaker Jon Wilkman discusses his book "Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America," which explores the history of nonfiction films and television from late-19th century Thomas Edison films to 21st century reality TV. The Burbank Public Library in California hosted this event.
Tuesday, September 22
Debate Over Confederate Monuments and Memorials
Historians David Blight & Annette Gordon-Reed talk about recent debates over Confederate and other monuments and memorials, and how to decide whether to remove or contextualize them based on historical information and public sentiment. The American Historical Association hosted this event.
Wednesday, September 23
Tonight we feature several programs with Bill Barker, the resident Thomas Jefferson interpreter at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the first, recorded inside Jefferson's home, Mr. Barker focuses on the Lexington and Concord battles in April, 1775 through the July, 1776 decision by the 13 colonies to break with Great Britain. He also talks about Jefferson's writing of the Declaration of Independence. In the second program, from Monticello's West Lawn, we hear about Jefferson's love of gardening, his planting methods, experiments, and the enslaved people who tended and maintained the grounds.
Thursday, September 24
Daniel Crofts discusses his book C-SPAN's "Cities Tour" explores the American story with a look at the women's suffrage movement which led to the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. We'll introduce you to some of the women who dedicated their lives to this cause, from a pro-suffrage newspaper publisher in Oregon, to a 23-year-old Montanan arrested for protesting on the White House lawn. You'll also learn why western territories and states were on the leading edge of the movement, and you'll hear how a letter from a mother to her son helped lead to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Friday, September 25
Public Affairs Films
American History TV's "Reel America" series brings you archival films that provide context to today's public affairs issues. As the U.S. Postal Service and its role in voting by mail are the subject of daily news reports, we feature several films on the Postal Service. The night begins with "Zip Code with the Swingin' Six," a 1967 film promoting the use of Zip codes, which were introduced in 1963. We then take a ride with a railroad post office trainee in "Men and Mail in Transit" from 1956, when trains transported most the mail in the United States. That's followed by "The Mailman," a 1946 educational film which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a postman. Then, we'll show "Improving Mail Processing Through R & D," a 1970 Postal Service film documenting innovations in development at the time.
American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. And also on Washington Journal this week.