American History Prime Time Schedule, April 12-16, 2021
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April 12 - April 16, 2021
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Monday, April 12
Space Shuttle 40th Anniversary
On April 12, 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center with two crew members aboard - launching a new era in manned spaceflight. To mark the 40th anniversary, we'll feature programs about the space shuttle's early days, starting with the 1979 NASA film "Where Dreams Come True." The film highlights the contributions of women and minorities to NASA, and much of the work depicted in the film relates to the fledgling space shuttle program - then two years away from its first mission.
Tuesday, April 13
James K. Polk
On a night of programs about James K. Polk, we begin with John Seigenthaler talking about his biography of the nation's 13th president. Mr. Seigenthaler says he came away from the project personally disliking Polk, but argues that Polk does not receive the acknowledgement he deserves for all he accomplished during his single term. Mr. Polk served as president from 1845 to 1849 and is perhaps best known for advancing U.S. westward expansion through his victory over Mexico, which was forced to cede much of what today is the American Southwest.
Wednesday, April 14
Asian American History
Declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995, Little Tokyo near downtown Los Angeles has been the center of Japanese American culture in Southern California since the early 1900s. American History TV toured Little Tokyo with Bill Shishima, a docent at the Japanese American National Museum. Mr. Shishima was born in Little Tokyo in 1930 and during World War II was incarcerated, by government order, with other Japanese Americans at Wyoming's Heart Mountain Relocation Center.
Thursday, April 15
The Mayflower & Plymouth Colony
Michelle Marchetti Coughlin discusses her book "Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life." A descendant of English nobility, she was the wife of Josiah Winslow, Plymouth Colony's governor during King Philip's War in the 1670s. The Massachusetts Historical Society hosted this event.
Friday, April 16
Vietnam War Oral Histories
Milton Jones recalls his experiences as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War. He talks about his initial reluctance to serve in Vietnam and his journey to meet his unit in Khe Sanh. This interview begins a night of Vietnam War oral histories conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center for the Veterans History Project.
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