Covering American History C-SPAN style: with event coverage, eyewitness accounts, and discussions with authors, historians and teachers. Every weekend from 8am ET Saturday to 8am ET Monday on C-SPAN3.

In January, 2011, C-SPAN expanded its programming offerings with a new history-based service airing weekends on C-SPAN3. American History TV (AHTV) features programming geared toward history lovers with 48 hours every weekend of people and events that document the American story.

C-SPAN began C-SPAN3 operations in January 2001 as a digital service. C-SPAN3 is currently available in 49 million digital cable TV households and is streamed live online at C-SPAN.org.

At the time of the launch of American History TV, C-SPAN co-president Susan Swain said: "We’re hoping American History TV does for history enthusiasts what Book TV has done for non-fiction book lovers."

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1968 - America in Turmoil
TV Schedule

  • March 18th

  • Vietnam War

    Major military, political and diplomatic developments in the Vietnam War from January Tet Offensive to My Lai Massacre.

  • March 25th

  • Presidential Campaign

    LBJ, McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy, Reagan, George Romney, Rockefeller and third-party candidate George Wallace.

  • April 1st

  • Civil Rights & Race Relations

    Martin Luther King, Jr focused on economic equality and the "Poor People's Campaign."

  • April 8th

  • Liberal Politics

    LBJ's Great Society & emboldened liberal activists redefined the role of federal government & challenged traditional values.

  • April 15th

  • Conservative Politics

    Rise of the political right, disenchantment with federal government, liberalism backlash.

  • April 22nd

  • Women's Rights

    Women's rights became part of national conversations, transforming households & workplaces across the country.

  • April 29th

  • The Media's Role

    Americans saw war in Vietnam, astronauts orbiting the moon, chaos on their city streets, and assassinations.

  • May 6th

  • Vietnam War at Home

    The war was fought not only in the jungles of Vietnam but on American streets.

  • May 13th

  • The Cold War

    The backdrop for the events of 1968, whether in Vietnam, during the presidential campaign or in the space race.