Highlights This Weekend on American History TV, Feb. 20-22, 2021

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday, February 20 - 8am Monday, February 22, 2021  


Saturday 9:05pm ET
Stories From a U.S. Capitol Tour Guide
A few months prior to the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack, tour guide Robert Pohl shared his favorite unconventional stories with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. He talks here about the late-19th century fad of honeymooners visiting the Capitol, the electric car that traversed the underground passages, and a violent episode on the Capitol's mini-subway system. Mr. Pohl is the author of "Wicked Capitol Hill: An Unruly History of Behaving Badly."


Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: 1934 "Newsreels" - California Governor's Campaign
Greg Mitchell discusses three MGM Studios "newsreels" produced for the successful 1934 campaign to defeat Democratic gubernatorial candidate Upton Sinclair. Mr. Mitchell screens the five-minute newsreels, which he argues were the first modern attack ads, and describes the campaign issues. He discovered these films in the early 1990s while researching his book, "The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics."



Sunday 6:30pm ET
Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee
Brigadier General Charles McGee looks back at his military career, particularly his time with the Tuskegee Airmen - African American military pilots who served in segregated Army Air Corps units during World War II. General McGee later served with the Air Force in Korea and Vietnam and, in total, flew more than 400 combat missions across three wars. He received a post-service promotion from colonel to brigadier general in 2020 at the age of 100. The Friends of the National World War II Memorial hosted this discussion.


Sunday 8pm & midnight ET
The Presidency: Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson in Conversation
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello hosts a conversation between Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as portrayed by Bill Robling and Bill Barker. They talk about their roles in shaping Revolutionary War-era America and the constitutional government it produced.





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