American History TV Prime Time Schedule, February 22-26
C-SPAN3's American History TV in Prime Time
February 22 - February 26, 2021
8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3
Monday, February 22
Just over 75 years ago, on July 16, 1945, the secret Manhattan Project culminated in the New Mexico desert with the Trinity Test -- the first atomic bomb explosion. About three weeks later, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, helping push Japanese leaders to surrender and end World War II. Los Alamos National Laboratory senior historian Alan Carr tells the story behind creating the first atomic bomb, and describes the trepidation leading up to that historic test.
Tuesday, February 23
Manhattan Project Oral Histories
The Atomic Heritage Foundation created the "Voices of the Manhattan Project" oral history collection to preserve the stories of those involved with the secretive World War II project to build the atomic bomb. First, we hear from engineer Lawrence O'Rourke, who was at Columbia University when he helped develop the gaseous diffusion process for the separation of uranium. He later worked at the K-25 uranium enrichment plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He's followed by Virginia Coleman, who was a Manhattan Project chemist at Oak Ridge.
Wednesday, February 24
Historian Patrick Charles and legal scholar Brannon Denning discuss the Second Amendment and American gun rights, from the drafting of the Bill of Rights to more recent Supreme Court decisions that have shaped the current debate over gun control legislation. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted this event.
Thursday, February 25
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.
Friday, February 26
African American History
"Frederick Douglass: An American Life" is a 1985 National Park Service biography of the former slave & abolitionist. Dramatized at several historic locations, including the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., the film was directed by William Greeves, an African American filmmaker and producer who created a variety of fiction and nonfiction films from the 1960s through the 2000s.
American History TV. All weekend - every weekend. And also on Washington Journal this week.