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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV November 21-23, 2020

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday, November 21 - 8am Monday, November 23, 2020  

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To mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts, American History TV features several programs looking back to the year 1620:


Sunday 5pm & 10pm ET Sunday:
Virtual Mayflower Project
We talked to Robert Stone, director of the Virtual Mayflower Project, which uses virtual reality to recreate the ship and the Plymouth, England harbor from which it set sail. Using avatars and 360-degree images of the virtual world, Professor Stone describes what life might have been like for the Pilgrims and crew in the 17th-century port.



Sunday 5:35pm & 10:35pm ET Sunday:
Pilgrim Story & Mayflower II Tour
Plimoth Patuxet is a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We talked with deputy executive director Richard Pickering about the Pilgrims' Atlantic crossing in 1620 and the origins of the Mayflower Compact. We also tour Mayflower II, a reproduction of the original ship, to see what life was like on board. Plimoth Patuxet's maritime preservation director Whit Perry describes the Mayflower's living conditions for the Pilgrims and crew.


 

Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: The Pilgrims
Four films about the Pilgrims' story which were produced for classroom use:


"The Pilgrims" is a 1955 Encyclopaedia Britannica interpretation filmed mostly in a London studio. It dramatizes the Pilgrims' flight from religious persecution and their ocean voyage on the Mayflower, culminating in the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620.
"Plymouth Colony: The First Year" is a 1980 version of the Mayflower story. Much of the narration of this Coronet film is taken from Pilgrim William Bradford's journal describing his experience.
"Early Settlers of New England: Salem - 1626 to 1629" is a 1940 film that focuses on how the early colonists lived.
And "The Beginning at Plymouth Colony" is a distinctly Cold War interpretation. The film argues that the Pilgrims' early attempts at collectivism - or socialism - were a failure, and that they abandoned those in favor of a capitalist system that relied on individual responsibility.


 

Also on American History :

Saturday 6pm ET
The Civil War: Veterans & Opiate Addiction
Jonathan Jones of Penn State University talks about widespread opiate addiction among Civil War veterans. He explains how prescribing opium and morphine -- common treatments used for wartime injuries -- grew into lifelong drug dependence for many. Virginia Tech's Center for Civil War Studies hosted this event.


Saturday 8pm & midnight ET
Lectures in History: New Deal Politics & Public Opinion
University of Maryland, Baltimore County professor William Blake teaches a class about New Deal-era politics and the role of public opinion on issues such as court packing and executive power. Professor Blake argues that while many of President Roosevelt's policies had broad support, the general public -- fearing an upset to the balance of power -- swayed Congress to block some of FDR's initiatives, including his plan to increase the number of Supreme Court justices.


 

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