American History Prime Time Schedule April 19-23, 2021
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April 19 - April 23, 2021
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Monday, April 19
University of Mary Washington "Great Lives" Lecture Series
University of Mary Washington professor Porter Blakemore evaluates the military career of General Douglas MacArthur, from his 1903 West Point graduation to being relieved of command by President Harry Truman during the Korean War. This talk begins an evening of programs from the University of Mary Washington's "Great Lives" lecture series.
Tuesday, April 20
James Swanson, author of "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer," gives a tour of the Petersen House, where President Lincoln died. John Wilkes Booth shot the president as he watched a play across the street at Ford's Theatre. Mr. Swanson's book details events inside the boarding house on April 14 and 15, 1865.
Wednesday, April 21
Vietnam War Oral Histories
Clyde Romero served as a pilot during the Vietnam War. In this oral history interview he recalls his first tour as a U.S. Army helicopter scout pilot and describes what it's like to be shot down. He discusses the high risks associated with the job and remembers some of his fellow pilots who didn't come back. He served a second tour in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force. This interview is from the Veterans History Project, and was conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center.
Thursday, April 22
Bay of Pigs 60th Anniversary
Sixty years ago, on April 17, 1961, a force of more than 1,400 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched an invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba. Called Brigade 2506 , their goal was the overthrow of communist leader Fidel Castro, who had taken power only two years earlier in the Cuban Revolution. The invasion disintegrated in a matter of days and the fiasco cast a pall over President John F. Kennedy's three-month-old administration, setting the stage the following year for the nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. American History TV and Washington Journal look back at the failed invasion and its consequences. Joining us is former CIA historian Nicholas Dujmovic, who now heads Catholic University's Intelligence Studies Program.
Friday, April 23
Historian David Pietrusza discusses the 1919 World Series "fix" by members of the Chicago White Sox, which came to be known as the "Black Sox" scandal. He talks about how book and film portrayals shaped public perceptions of what happened. David Pietrusza is the author of two books on the subject: "Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius who Fixed the 1919 World Series" and "Judge and Jury" about baseball's first commissioner.
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