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Highlights This Weekend on American History TV March 6-7, 2021

by rlogan

C-SPAN3's American History TV

Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech 75th Anniversary
March 6-7, 2021

Fulton, Missouri's Westminster College invited Winston Churchill to speak in March, 1946 -- not long after the British prime minister, who guided England through World War II, was voted out of office. Townspeople welcomed Churchill and President Harry Truman with a parade. And 2,700 of them gathered in the college gym to hear Churchill declare, "An Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent." American History TV looks back 75 years at one of the Cold War's most iconic speeches:

LIVE Saturday 9am ET (Re-Airs Saturday 8pm ET)
American History TV and C-SPAN's Washington Journal host Timothy Riley, America's National Churchill Museum director and chief curator to take viewer calls and tweets. He'll be LIVE from the museum in Fulton, Missouri.

Saturday 10am ET
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher marks the 50th anniversary of Churchill's speech in a 1996 lecture at Westminster College. She talks about how the world changed in 50 years, and about the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. 

 

Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
"Reel America" features an audio recording of Winston Churchill's entire March 5, 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, accompanied by still images and brief motion picture segments, including President Harry Truman's introduction. No complete film recording of the speech is known to exist, but several minutes were captured by newsreel photographers. The audio was broadcast on radio and has been preserved.

 

Sunday 2pm ET
Westminster College & America's National Churchill Museum host events to commemorate the "Iron Curtain" speech. Artist Edwina Sandys and author Clifton Truman Daniel reflect on the legacies of their grandparents, Winston Churchill and Harry Truman. A keynote speech follows at 3pm ET by author and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist George Will.