Highlights This Weekend on American History TV May 8-10, 2021

by MaggieStrolle

C-SPAN3's American History TV
8am Saturday, May 8 - 8am Monday, May 10 , 2021  


Saturday & Sunday 2pm ET
Oral Histories: The Vietnam War
We continue to feature oral history interviews conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center for the Veterans History Project.

  • Saturday 2pm ET  - Oliver Halle served on a U.S. Navy swift boat crew which patrolled the coast and rivers to intercept munitions being trafficked by the North Vietnamese. He recalls his experiences while on patrol and his exposure to Agent Orange.

  • Sunday 2pm ET  - Charlotte Henry was a dog handler with the U.S. Air Force during the war. She remembers the dogs she trained and nights spent patrolling the base perimeter. She also discusses her struggles with gender identity while serving in Vietnam and the effect it had on her mental health.



Saturday 8pm & midnight ET
Lectures in History: 1970s American Car Culture & Film
University of Dayton professors John Heitmann and Todd Uhlman teach a class about 1970s American car culture and films of the era. Using examples like "Easy Rider," "American Graffiti" and "Badlands," they argue these films reflected many Americans' disillusionment and glorified the open road as a way to take back control in the face of societal changes. They also talk about the impact of oil shortages, the rise of coast-to-coast races called "Cannonball Runs," and the popularity of trucker movies and music.



Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: "A Time for Peace" - 1972
Fifty years ago, on June 10, 1971, President Richard Nixon lifted a trade embargo against Communist China that had been in place for 21 years. Less than a year later - in February of 1972 - he made a historic trip to the People's Republic of China, the first ever by an American president. "A Time for Peace" is a U.S. Information Agency film documenting President Nixon's trips to China, Iran, Austria , Moscow and Poland.


Sunday 6pm & 10pm ET
American Artifacts: The Chinese in America
We visit San Francisco to hear the story of the Chinese in America from historian Charlie Chin. He leads a group of college students through the Chinese Historical Society of America, then on a tour through the streets of Chinatown. This is a three-part program.


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