American History Prime Time Schedule April 26-30, 2021
C-SPAN3's American History TV in Prime Time
April 26 - April 30, 2021
8pm Each Night on C-SPAN 3
Monday, April 26
African American History
Civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers talks about his work in the 1960s as a national leader with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and recounts the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, where South Carolina state troopers fired on students protesting segregation. Three students were killed and Mr. Sellers was among the nearly 30 wounded. Former Charleston, South Carolina mayor Joseph Riley conducts this interview at The Citadel, where he is now a professor.
Tuesday, April 27
Presidential Economic Addresses
It's customary for a newly elected president to give an address to a joint session of Congress early in his term. While these speeches are not officially considered "State of the Union" addresses, presidents in modern times have used the opportunity to outline their economic proposals for the country. On the eve of President Biden's first address, we'll feature speeches from four of his predecessors:
- * President Ronald Reagan talks about the economic health of the country -- from inflation, interest rates and unemployment to taxes and the national debt.
- * President Bill Clinton lays out his economic blueprint, including major programs that became hallmarks of his administration: healthcare, a crime bill and, in his words, "the end of welfare as we know it."
- * President George W. Bush spoke to a pre-September 11th country about a cooperative new spirit in the nation while outlining what he terms a "reasonable and responsible" budget. He calls for a renewed focus on education, tax relief, and a paydown of the national debt. And he warns of the 21st century threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
- * President Barack Obama speaks at the height of a recession that he acknowledges has left the country shaken and uncertain. He outlines his economic agenda, starting with a plan to put people back to work, while explaining how he'll reform healthcare and pay for the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wednesday, April 28
Gardens, Parks & Landscapes
Every spring, thousands of people visit the Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. Memorials to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. stand on its banks. The Tidal Basin started as an engineering project, but has also served as a swimming hole, a protest ground, and the scene of a political scandal. Mike Litterst, National Mall and Memorial Parks communications chief, met us on site to talk about the area's history and famous Japanese cherry trees.
Thursday, April 29
Author Lynne Cheney discusses President James Madison's personality, health problems and political career. She also talks about the influential women in Madison's life. Her book on the fourth president, published in 2014, is "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered." The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida hosted this event.
Friday, April 30
Former Vice President and U.S. Senator Walter Mondale died on April 19 at the age of 93. We start a night of programs featuring Mr. Mondale with a conversation from 2015 with former President Jimmy Carter, whom he served in the White House from 1977 to 1981. This was part of a tribute to Mr. Mondale hosted by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Moderating the discussion is Richard Moe, the vice president's former chief of staff.
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