Oral Histories Schedule

Week of June 19 through June 26

All times and durations are subject to change

Saturday, June 24
8:00 AM EDTApprox. 20 min.Reel America War Transforms American Life - 1965Educational film narrated by actor Robert Ryan shows how World War I brought about industrial ... Educational film narrated by actor Robert Ryan shows how World War I brought about industrial growth and increased government involvement in the U.S. economy, and led to suppression of dissent, deportations, and pro-war government propaganda efforts by the Committee on Public Information. 8:20 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.The Cold War & Third WorldTexas A&M history professor Jason Parker discusses U.S. diplomacy during the Cold War. He is the ... Texas A&M history professor Jason Parker discusses U.S. diplomacy during the Cold War. He is the author of "Hearts, Minds, Voices: U.S. Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World." This event was co-hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, American Historical Association, and the National History Center. 9:50 AM EDTApprox. 10 min.Syrian Immigrants During World War IAmerican History TV was at the Organization of American Historians' annual meeting in New Orleans ... American History TV was at the Organization of American Historians' annual meeting in New Orleans where we spoke with historian Stacy Farenthold about why Syrians immigrated to the U.S. during the first World War and what they did once they arrived.
10:00 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts Heurich Family & Brewmaster's CastleThe Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who ... The Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who started a successful brewing company in 1872. Today we tour several rooms in the mansion, also called the Brewmaster's Castle, to learn about the Heurich family. 10:30 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 18 min.U.S. Military in ChinaMilitary historian Geoff Babb discusses the U.S. military's relationship with China, beginning in ... Military historian Geoff Babb discusses the U.S. military's relationship with China, beginning in the late 18th century and up to the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event. 11:48 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 6 min.The Presidency Jo Haldeman Nixon White House RecollectionsJo Haldeman offers an insider's view of Richard Nixon's White House and the Watergate scandal that ... Jo Haldeman offers an insider's view of Richard Nixon's White House and the Watergate scandal that ended with his resignation. Her husband, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, served as the 37th president's chief of staff. She shares excerpts from her book, "In the Shadow of the White House: A Memoir of the Washington and Watergate Years, 1968-1978." The Richard Nixon Foundation hosted this program.
12:54 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Slavery, Martha Washington & Dolley MadisonMarie Jenkins Schwartz talks about her book, "Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves." ... Marie Jenkins Schwartz talks about her book, "Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves." She focuses on how founding mothers Martha Washington and Dolley Madison viewed slavery and their personal relationships with the slaves living and working under their control. The National Archives hosted this event. 1:59 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 57 min.The Manhattan ProjectThe Manhattan Project is the subject of a lecture by George Mason University history professor ... The Manhattan Project is the subject of a lecture by George Mason University history professor Martin Sherwin. He's the author of, "A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies," and co-author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Mr. Sherwin details the development of the atomic bomb, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the bombing of the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event in Washington, DC. 3:56 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 13 min.KEYED AHTV 'Carla Peterson, Black GothamCarla Peterson recounts the lives of black elites in New York City in the 19th century. Professor ... Carla Peterson recounts the lives of black elites in New York City in the 19th century. Professor Peterson examines a community of black New Yorkers, which included her ancestors, prior to the Civil War whose occupations afforded them upper-class status under the constant threat of racial violence. Carla Peterson discussed her book at the Jefferson Market Library in New York City. The February 28, 2011, program was part of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's African American History Month Series.
5:09 PM EDTApprox. 50 min.Lead-Up to the Battle of MidwayThe Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive ... The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive naval victory for the U.S. over Japan. Next, author Walter Borneman talks about the lead-up to the battle, including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor just six months earlier, and the backgrounds and performance of U.S. naval leadership. This talk from the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, was part of a day-long symposium to mark the battle's 75th anniversary. 5:59 PM EDTApprox. 37 min.The Civil War Disbanding the Remnants of Lee's ArmyPurdue University professor Caroline Janney looks at the process of disbanding the remnants of the ... Purdue University professor Caroline Janney looks at the process of disbanding the remnants of the Army of Northern Virginia following Robert E. Lee's April 1865 surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Professor Janney focuses on the Confederates who avoided or escaped Appomattox and retreated into the Shenandoah Valley, and she discusses General Grant's concerns that some Confederates would band together and fight a guerrilla war. This talk was part of a conference hosted by the University of Virginia's Center for Civil War History. 6:36 PM EDTApprox. 40 min.The Civil War Shenandoah Valley & the Civil WarA panel of historians takes audience questions on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. ... A panel of historians takes audience questions on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. Topics include the burning of towns and destruction of property in the valley by both the Union and Confederate sides. Also, the lack of planning by Union leaders for the immediate post-war period and how to deal with former Confederate soldiers who fled to the area. This panel was part of a conference hosted by the University of Virginia's Center for Civil War History.
7:16 PM EDTApprox. 43 min.Codebreaking & the Battle of MidwayThe Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive ... The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive naval victory for the U.S. over Japan. Next, author Elliot Carlson talks about the key role U.S. codebreakers played in the battle. This talk from the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, was part of a day-long symposium to mark the battle's 75th anniversary. 7:59 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 16 min.Lectures in History Mid-20th Century American Oil InterestsUniversity of Notre Dame professor Darren Dochuk teaches a class about mid-20th century American ... University of Notre Dame professor Darren Dochuk teaches a class about mid-20th century American oil interests. He describes the east Texas oil boom and the expansion of US oil businesses abroad to places like Saudi Arabia and Alberta, Canada. He argues that religion played a significant role in the worldview and business practices of both global companies and individual prospectors in the industry. 9:15 PM EDTApprox. 44 min.U.S. Navy Pilots at the Battle of MidwayThe Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive ... The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive naval victory for the U.S. over Japan. Next, author Timothy Orr talks about the experiences of the U.S. pilots who attacked the Japanese fleet during the battle. This talk from the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, was part of a day-long symposium to mark the battle's 75th anniversary.
9:59 PM EDTApprox. 55 min.Reel America The Palestinian People Do Have Rights - 1979An Arab perspective on Palestine from the 1979 United Nations film, "The Palestinian People Do ... An Arab perspective on Palestine from the 1979 United Nations film, "The Palestinian People Do Have Rights." The documentary traces events from 1947 to 1978 with archival film, visits to refugee camps, and interviews with several Palestinians. 10:54 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 6 min.California Gold Rush Fires & FloodsHistorian Gary Noy gives an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided ... Historian Gary Noy gives an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided with the population explosion caused by the California Gold Rush. Mr. Noy is the author of "Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck."
Sunday, June 25
12:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.Lectures in History Mid-20th Century American Oil InterestsUniversity of Notre Dame professor Darren Dochuk teaches a class about mid-20th century American ... University of Notre Dame professor Darren Dochuk teaches a class about mid-20th century American oil interests. He describes the east Texas oil boom and the expansion of US oil businesses abroad to places like Saudi Arabia and Alberta, Canada. He argues that religion played a significant role in the worldview and business practices of both global companies and individual prospectors in the industry. 1:15 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.U.S. Navy Pilots at the Battle of MidwayThe Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive ... The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive naval victory for the U.S. over Japan. Next, author Timothy Orr talks about the experiences of the U.S. pilots who attacked the Japanese fleet during the battle. This talk from the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, was part of a day-long symposium to mark the battle's 75th anniversary. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 13 min.KEYED AHTV 'Carla Peterson, Black GothamCarla Peterson recounts the lives of black elites in New York City in the 19th century. Professor ... Carla Peterson recounts the lives of black elites in New York City in the 19th century. Professor Peterson examines a community of black New Yorkers, which included her ancestors, prior to the Civil War whose occupations afforded them upper-class status under the constant threat of racial violence. Carla Peterson discussed her book at the Jefferson Market Library in New York City. The February 28, 2011, program was part of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's African American History Month Series.
3:13 AM EDTApprox. 47 min.Lead-Up to the Battle of MidwayThe Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive ... The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive naval victory for the U.S. over Japan. Next, author Walter Borneman talks about the lead-up to the battle, including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor just six months earlier, and the backgrounds and performance of U.S. naval leadership. This talk from the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, was part of a day-long symposium to mark the battle's 75th anniversary. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 20 min.U.S. Military in ChinaMilitary historian Geoff Babb discusses the U.S. military's relationship with China, beginning in ... Military historian Geoff Babb discusses the U.S. military's relationship with China, beginning in the late 18th century and up to the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event. 5:20 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.U.S. Navy Pilots at the Battle of MidwayThe Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive ... The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive naval victory for the U.S. over Japan. Next, author Timothy Orr talks about the experiences of the U.S. pilots who attacked the Japanese fleet during the battle. This talk from the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, was part of a day-long symposium to mark the battle's 75th anniversary.
6:05 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 55 min.The Manhattan ProjectThe Manhattan Project is the subject of a lecture by George Mason University history professor ... The Manhattan Project is the subject of a lecture by George Mason University history professor Martin Sherwin. He's the author of, "A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies," and co-author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Mr. Sherwin details the development of the atomic bomb, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the bombing of the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event in Washington, DC. 8:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.History Bookshelf Christopher Dickey, Our Man in CharlestonChristopher Dickey talked about his book "Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the ... Christopher Dickey talked about his book "Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South," in which he recalls the role played by Robert Bunch, British consul assigned to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1853, in the lead-up to the American Civil War. In his book, the author reports that the South knew that acknowledgment by the British government was integral to their future success, and planned to deceive Britain regarding their plans to re-open the Atlantic slave trade to maintain the cotton industry. Bunch, who surreptitiously sent information back to his home country, informed the anti-slavery British government of the South's hidden motives and recommended that their succession efforts be deterred. 9:00 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.Japanese Perspective on the Battle of MidwayThe Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive ... The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, in the Pacific Theater and resulted in a decisive naval victory for the U.S. over Japan. Next, author Anthony Tully gives the Japanese perspective on the battle. This talk from the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, was part of a day-long symposium to mark the battle's 75th anniversary.
9:50 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Civil War Confederate General Jubal Early's ReputationUniversity of Virginia Commonwealth professor Kathryn Shively Meier discusses Jubal Early's ... University of Virginia Commonwealth professor Kathryn Shively Meier discusses Jubal Early's experiences as a Confederate general, focusing on his loss to Union General Philip Sheridan during the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign. She also analyzes Early's memoirs and explores how he attempted to rehabilitate his reputation after the Civil War. This talk was part of a conference hosted by the University of Virginia's Center for Civil War History. 10:35 AM EDTApprox. 40 min.The Civil War Shenandoah Valley & the Civil WarNext on American History TV, a panel of historians takes audience questions on the Shenandoah ... Next on American History TV, a panel of historians takes audience questions on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. Topics include the role of religion in the valley during the war, supply problems faced by Confederate troops, and memoirs written by Confederate leaders after the war. This panel was part of a conference hosted by the University of Virginia's Center for Civil War History. 11:15 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.Lectures in History 1950s American CultureHillsdale College professor Paul Moreno teaches a class on 1950s American culture. He describes ... Hillsdale College professor Paul Moreno teaches a class on 1950s American culture. He describes how post-World War II society changed due to the Baby Boom, suburbanization, and the emergence of teen culture. He also charts how social norms changed from the Victorian era through the Progressive era and into the 1950s.
12:30 PM EDTApprox. 29 min.Reel America June 1967White House Naval Photographic Center report on the activities of President Lyndon Johnson through ... White House Naval Photographic Center report on the activities of President Lyndon Johnson through the month of June, 1967. Events include the Six-Day War in the Middle East, nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court, visits by Prime Minister Holt of Australia & a three-day summit with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey. 12:59 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 35 min.President Johnson & the 1967 Six-Day WarA panel of foreign policy scholars discuss the Johnson administration's response to the June 1967 ... A panel of foreign policy scholars discuss the Johnson administration's response to the June 1967 Six-Day War, and how the outcome of the conflict has had a continuing effect on the situation in the Middle East. 2:34 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 24 min.President Reagan's Berlin Wall SpeechThis year is the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's visit to Berlin where he delivered ... This year is the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's visit to Berlin where he delivered his "Tear Down This Wall Speech." Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Burt recall the president's speech and trip. The International Center for Journalists hosted this event.
3:58 PM EDTApprox. 57 min.Reel America The Palestinian People Do Have Rights - 1979An Arab perspective on Palestine from the 1979 United Nations film, "The Palestinian People Do ... An Arab perspective on Palestine from the 1979 United Nations film, "The Palestinian People Do Have Rights." The documentary traces events from 1947 to 1978 with archival film, visits to refugee camps, and interviews with several Palestinians. 4:55 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.California Gold Rush Fires & FloodsHistorian Gary Noy gives an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided ... Historian Gary Noy gives an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided with the population explosion caused by the California Gold Rush. Mr. Noy is the author of "Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck." 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 19 min.American Artifacts Heurich Brewing CompanyThe Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who ... The Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who started a successful brewing company in 1872. Today, we learn how Prohibition and World War I impacted the Heurich family and their brewing company. This is the second of a two part series.
6:19 PM EDTApprox. 9 min.19th Century Irish ImmigrationAmerican History TV was at the Organization of American Historians' annual meeting in New Orleans ... American History TV was at the Organization of American Historians' annual meeting in New Orleans where we spoke with historian Hidetaka Hirota about Irish immigration in the 19th century. The interview focuses on Hirota's book, "Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy." 6:28 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 32 min.President Reagan's Berlin Wall SpeechThis year is the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's visit to Berlin where he delivered ... This year is the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's visit to Berlin where he delivered his "Tear Down This Wall Speech." Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Burt recall the president's speech and trip. The International Center for Journalists hosted this event. 8:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 12 min.The Presidency John Quincy Adams & SlaveryThe Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston hosts a discussion about John Quincy Adams' nuanced ... The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston hosts a discussion about John Quincy Adams' nuanced and evolving views on slavery, with readings from Adams' own writings. Speakers David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason talk about their book, "John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary."
9:12 PM EDTApprox. 44 min.The Civil War Confederate General Jubal Early's ReputationUniversity of Virginia Commonwealth professor Kathryn Shively Meier discusses Jubal Early's ... University of Virginia Commonwealth professor Kathryn Shively Meier discusses Jubal Early's experiences as a Confederate general, focusing on his loss to Union General Philip Sheridan during the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign. She also analyzes Early's memoirs and explores how he attempted to rehabilitate his reputation after the Civil War. This talk was part of a conference hosted by the University of Virginia's Center for Civil War History. 9:56 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts Heurich Brewing CompanyThe Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who ... The Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who started a successful brewing company in 1872. Today, we learn how Prohibition and World War I impacted the Heurich family and their brewing company. This is the second of a two part series. 10:26 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 34 min.President Reagan's Berlin Wall SpeechThis year is the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's visit to Berlin where he delivered ... This year is the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's visit to Berlin where he delivered his "Tear Down This Wall Speech." Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Burt recall the president's speech and trip. The International Center for Journalists hosted this event.
Monday, June 26
12:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 13 min.The Presidency John Quincy Adams & SlaveryThe Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston hosts a discussion about John Quincy Adams' nuanced ... The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston hosts a discussion about John Quincy Adams' nuanced and evolving views on slavery, with readings from Adams' own writings. Speakers David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason talk about their book, "John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary." 1:13 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Civil War Confederate General Jubal Early's ReputationUniversity of Virginia Commonwealth professor Kathryn Shively Meier discusses Jubal Early's ... University of Virginia Commonwealth professor Kathryn Shively Meier discusses Jubal Early's experiences as a Confederate general, focusing on his loss to Union General Philip Sheridan during the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign. She also analyzes Early's memoirs and explores how he attempted to rehabilitate his reputation after the Civil War. This talk was part of a conference hosted by the University of Virginia's Center for Civil War History. 1:58 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.Reel America The Palestinian People Do Have Rights - 1979An Arab perspective on Palestine from the 1979 United Nations film, "The Palestinian People Do ... An Arab perspective on Palestine from the 1979 United Nations film, "The Palestinian People Do Have Rights." The documentary traces events from 1947 to 1978 with archival film, visits to refugee camps, and interviews with several Palestinians.
2:53 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 4 min.California Gold Rush Fires & FloodsHistorian Gary Noy gives an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided ... Historian Gary Noy gives an illustrated talk about the devastating fires and floods that coincided with the population explosion caused by the California Gold Rush. Mr. Noy is the author of "Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck." 3:57 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 56 min.The World War I NavyU.S. Naval Academy professor James Rentfrow explains how the U.S. Navy evolved in the 20 years ... U.S. Naval Academy professor James Rentfrow explains how the U.S. Navy evolved in the 20 years between the Spanish-American War and World War I, when the Naval Act of 1916 introduced submarines and instituted changes in weaponry and formation practice. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event. 5:53 AM EDTApprox. 19 min.American Artifacts Heurich Brewing CompanyThe Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who ... The Heurich House in Washington, DC, was built by Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who started a successful brewing company in 1872. Today, we learn how Prohibition and World War I impacted the Heurich family and their brewing company. This is the second of a two part series.
6:12 AM EDTApprox. 9 min.19th Century Irish ImmigrationAmerican History TV was at the Organization of American Historians' annual meeting in New Orleans ... American History TV was at the Organization of American Historians' annual meeting in New Orleans where we spoke with historian Hidetaka Hirota about Irish immigration in the 19th century. The interview focuses on Hirota's book, "Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy." 6:21 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 39 min.President Johnson & the 1967 Six-Day WarA panel of foreign policy scholars discuss the Johnson administration's response to the June 1967 ... A panel of foreign policy scholars discuss the Johnson administration's response to the June 1967 Six-Day War, and how the outcome of the conflict has had a continuing effect on the situation in the Middle East.