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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV October 17-19, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday, October 17 - 8am Monday, October 19, 2020  

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Presidential Debates
Every weekend until Election Day, American History TV features presidential debates from past campaigns. This week:
At 9am ET Sunday:
From 1984, the second and final presidential debate between incumbent President Ronald Reagan and former Vice President Walter Mondale, his Democratic challenger. The candidates answered questions from a panel of journalists on defense and foreign policy issues, including U.S. involvement and CIA activities in Central America, negotiations with the Soviet Union on nuclear stockpiles and strategic weapons systems, and fighting terrorism in Lebanon and the broader Middle East. The Republican ticket of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush defeated Walter Mondale and Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro in the general election, winning the popular vote 59 to 41 percent.
At 9am ET Sunday:
The second debate from the 1988 campaign between incumbent Vice President George H.W. Bush and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. The candidates took questions on taxes and the budget deficit, defense spending, nuclear weapons stockpiles and their choices of vice presidential running mates. The Republican ticket of George Bush and Dan Quayle defeated Democrats Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen in the general election, winning the popular vote 53 to 46 percent.


 

Saturday 5pm ET
Capture of Nazi War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans hosts author Neal Bascomb to talk about his book "Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi." Mr. Bascomb describes how a tip from a Holocaust survivor and his daughter in Argentina led to the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann by Israeli Mossad agents, who smuggled him to Israel to stand trial.


 

Saturday 6pm ET
The Civil War: Black Prisoners of War in the Confederacy
Caroline Wood Newhall, a postdoctoral fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, discusses her research on black prisoners of war in the Confederacy. She talks about the misconception that all captured U.S. Colored Troops were executed and describes how many were instead enslaved, including those born free in the North. The Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech hosted the talk.


 

Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: Political Speeches
John F. Kennedy Address on Church & State
John F. Kennedy was the first --and is still the only -- Catholic to be elected president of the United States. During the 1960 campaign, many Protestant groups publicly opposed Senator Kennedy, fearing the influence of the Pope and Catholic Church on his presidency. Candidate Kennedy addressed the topics of church and state, religious freedom, and tolerance at a meeting of Houston ministers and fielded their questions.
Ronald Reagan, "Myth of the Great Society"
In the fall of 1964, Ronald Reagan entered the national political stage with his "A Time for Choosing" speech in support of Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. In 1966, he won his campaign for California governor. In this speech called "The Myth of the Great Society," Mr. Reagan critiques President Lyndon Johnson's policies and the growth of government. The film was donated to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and the exact date and location of his remarks are unknown, but the library believes it was in New York in 1966.


 

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