American History TV Schedule

Week of November 14 through November 21

All times and durations are subject to change

Saturday, November 18
8:00 AM ESTApprox. 35 min.Reel America The Road to the Wall - 1962Narrated by actor James Cagney, this 1962 U.S. Army film presented a critical history of Soviet ... Narrated by actor James Cagney, this 1962 U.S. Army film presented a critical history of Soviet communism beginning with a 1905 failed revolution up to the construction of the Berlin Wall. The film was nominated for a 1963 short subject documentary Academy Award. 8:35 AM ESTApprox. 10 min.Railroad History in VermontThe Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director ... The Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director of Preservation Chip Stulen highlighted items that tell the story of what traveling through Vermont by train would have been like in the early 1900s. 8:45 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.Home Remedies of 17th Century New England HousewivesTufts University Shool of Medicine professor Lori Lyn Price talked about the homemade remedies ... Tufts University Shool of Medicine professor Lori Lyn Price talked about the homemade remedies created and used by 17th century New England housewives. The Partnership of Historic Bostons and the Old North Church co-hosted the event.
10:00 AM ESTApprox. 32 min.American Artifacts Chief Justice John Marshall's Life & LegacyOn American Artifacts, we visit the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to learn about ... On American Artifacts, we visit the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to learn about the life and legacy of John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the United States, who served on the Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835. 10:32 AM ESTApprox. 18 min.History of Lake ChamplainLake Champlain was an essential part of the history and economy of Burlington, VT. Jeff Hindes of ... Lake Champlain was an essential part of the history and economy of Burlington, VT. Jeff Hindes of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum discussed the lake and its role in war and commerce. 10:50 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.U.S. & Britain Artillery Production 1941-43Historian James Holland talked about American and British artillery production between 1941 and ... Historian James Holland talked about American and British artillery production between 1941 and 1943, after German forces invaded Soviet territory. He is the author of several books on World War II, including " The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943: The War in the West." The National Archives hosted this event.
12:00 PM ESTApprox. 3 hr. 51 min.Hollywood Blacklist 70th Year CommemorationIn 1947, ten prominent members of the Hollywood film industry refused to testify before the House ... In 1947, ten prominent members of the Hollywood film industry refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee on their suspected ties to communism. They were held in contempt of Congress, served prison terms, and were blacklisted by Hollywood. This event hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation and Hollywood Progressive featured blacklist survivors, family members and artists reading testimonies and statements from those subpoenaed during the congressional hearings. 3:51 PM ESTApprox. 9 min.Fort DakotaFort Dakota was established by the United States Military in 1865 as tensions between American ... Fort Dakota was established by the United States Military in 1865 as tensions between American Indians and white settlers grew. Siouxland Heritage Museums director, Bill Hoskins, told us about the conditions for soldiers at this distant military outpost. 4:00 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr.History Bookshelf Steven Gillon, The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours AfterSteven Gillon talked about his book "The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. ... Steven Gillon talked about his book "The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson's Pivotal First Day as President" (Basic Books - October 6, 2009). In his book Professor Gillon details the hours following the Kennedy assassination on November 22, 1963, and the transfer of the presidency from John F Kennedy to Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. Gillon utilized newly declassified archival sources to explore the first hours of the Johnson administration. He responded to questions from members of the audience. Steven Gillon is a history professor at the University of Oklahoma as well as resident historian at the History Channel, which was making a documentary film based on the book.
5:00 PM ESTApprox. 49 min.Researching and Writing BiographiesPulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch discussed the challenges of researching and writing ... Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch discussed the challenges of researching and writing biographies. His trilogy on the civil rights era chronicled Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and work during that period. The Graduate Center for the City University of New York hosted this event. 5:49 PM ESTApprox. 10 min.Steamboat TiconderogaThe Ticonderoga was the last steamboat to operate on Lake Champlain. Shelburne Museum Director of ... The Ticonderoga was the last steamboat to operate on Lake Champlain. Shelburne Museum Director of Preservation Chip Stulen discussed the steamboat's nearly 50 years of service. 5:59 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 11 min.The Civil War Historical Context of Civil War MonumentsA panel discussed the historical context in which Civil War monuments were constructed and what ... A panel discussed the historical context in which Civil War monuments were constructed and what they came to symbolize. The National History Center hosted this event.
7:10 PM ESTApprox. 50 min.The Civil War Union Gen. Lew Wallace's Monocacy DefenseAuthor Ryan Quint talkeed about Union Gen. Lew Wallace's defensive strategy at the July 1864 ... Author Ryan Quint talkeed about Union Gen. Lew Wallace's defensive strategy at the July 1864 Battle of Monocacy in Maryland. Although the battle ended in a defeat for Wallace, he successfully slowed down General Jubal Early's Confederate force moving to attack Washington, DC, allowing time for reinforcements to fortify the capital's defenses. This talk was a part of a symposium on "Great Defenses of the Civil War" hosted by the "Emerging Civil War" blog. 8:00 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 29 min.Lectures in History Patricia Limerick on 20th Century West & Federal GovernmentPatricia Limerick of the University of Colorado Boulder taught a class to educators about westward ... Patricia Limerick of the University of Colorado Boulder taught a class to educators about westward expansion and the closing of the American West in the 20th century. She talked about how the West has been portrayed as both pastoral and wild, but describes how the federal government switched from doling out land for settlement to preserving it under the umbrella of different federal departments. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History hosted this class. 9:29 PM ESTApprox. 30 min.Economic History of BurlingtonBurlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and ... Burlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and textile industries to its politics.
9:59 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 21 min.Reel America Tunisian Victory - 1944"Tunisian Victory" was a World War II propaganda film on the North Africa campaign co-produced by ... "Tunisian Victory" was a World War II propaganda film on the North Africa campaign co-produced by the British and U.S. governments and released in early 1944. The documentary used combat footage and reenacted scenes, animated maps, and segments with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and French General Charles de Gaulle. It told the story with alternating British and American narrators. The campaign ended with an Allied victory in May 1943 when approximately 275,000 Axis soldiers surrendered. 11:20 PM ESTApprox. 40 min.Churchill Conference Keynote AddressWinston Churchill novelist and "House of Cards" creator Michael Dobbs presented the keynote ... Winston Churchill novelist and "House of Cards" creator Michael Dobbs presented the keynote address at the 34th International Churchill Conference in New York.
Sunday, November 19
12:00 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 28 min.Lectures in History Patricia Limerick on 20th Century West & Federal GovernmentPatricia Limerick of the University of Colorado Boulder taught a class to educators about westward ... Patricia Limerick of the University of Colorado Boulder taught a class to educators about westward expansion and the closing of the American West in the 20th century. She talked about how the West has been portrayed as both pastoral and wild, but describes how the federal government switched from doling out land for settlement to preserving it under the umbrella of different federal departments. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History hosted this class. 1:28 AM ESTApprox. 32 min.Economic History of BurlingtonBurlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and ... Burlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and textile industries to its politics. 2:00 AM ESTApprox. 56 min.History Bookshelf Steven Gillon, The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours AfterSteven Gillon talked about his book "The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. ... Steven Gillon talked about his book "The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson's Pivotal First Day as President" (Basic Books - October 6, 2009). In his book Professor Gillon details the hours following the Kennedy assassination on November 22, 1963, and the transfer of the presidency from John F Kennedy to Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. Gillon utilized newly declassified archival sources to explore the first hours of the Johnson administration. He responded to questions from members of the audience. Steven Gillon is a history professor at the University of Oklahoma as well as resident historian at the History Channel, which was making a documentary film based on the book.
2:56 AM ESTApprox. 4 min.Rep. Peter Welch on Vermont Economy and AgricultureVermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture. Vermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture. 3:00 AM ESTApprox. 49 min.Researching and Writing BiographiesPulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch discussed the challenges of researching and writing ... Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch discussed the challenges of researching and writing biographies. His trilogy on the civil rights era chronicled Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and work during that period. The Graduate Center for the City University of New York hosted this event. 3:49 AM ESTApprox. 12 min.Ethan Allen Homestead MuseumEthan Allen is often called the father of Vermont. He is known for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga ... Ethan Allen is often called the father of Vermont. He is known for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and his leadership of the Green Mountain Boys. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Executive Director Dan O'Neil discussed Allen's controversial life and how he came to settle in Burlington, VT.
4:01 AM ESTApprox. 3 hr. 51 min.Hollywood Blacklist 70th Year CommemorationIn 1947, ten prominent members of the Hollywood film industry refused to testify before the House ... In 1947, ten prominent members of the Hollywood film industry refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee on their suspected ties to communism. They were held in contempt of Congress, served prison terms, and were blacklisted by Hollywood. This event hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation and Hollywood Progressive featured blacklist survivors, family members and artists reading testimonies and statements from those subpoenaed during the congressional hearings. 7:52 AM ESTApprox. 8 min.Railroad History in VermontThe Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director ... The Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director of Preservation Chip Stulen highlighted items that tell the story of what traveling through Vermont by train would have been like in the early 1900s. 8:00 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 1 min.History Bookshelf Hal Vaughan, FDR's Twelve ApostlesHal Vaughan talked about his book, FDR's 12 Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the Invasion ... Hal Vaughan talked about his book, FDR's 12 Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the Invasion of North Africa, published by The Lyons Press. He told the story of 12 men appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to be vice consuls to North Africa in 1940. These men, who Mr. Vaughan described as amateurs, worked inside the French Vichy government to encourage resistance to Vichy and German rule in North Africa. According to Mr. Vaughan, they helped prepare for the 1942 joint British-American invasion of Morocco and Algeria. Shortly after this invasion, the French joined the Allies in North Africa. After his presentation Mr. Vaughan responded to audience members' questions.
9:01 AM ESTApprox. 18 min.History of Lake ChamplainLake Champlain was an essential part of the history and economy of Burlington, VT. Jeff Hindes of ... Lake Champlain was an essential part of the history and economy of Burlington, VT. Jeff Hindes of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum discussed the lake and its role in war and commerce. 9:19 AM ESTApprox. 41 min.Winston Churchill as a HistorianHistorian and journalist Andrew Roberts discussed former Prime Minister Winston Churchill's career ... Historian and journalist Andrew Roberts discussed former Prime Minister Winston Churchill's career as a historian. Churchill's six volume book "The Second World War" earned him a Nobel Prize in literature in 1953. This was part of the 34th annual Churchill Conference. 10:00 AM ESTApprox. 24 min.Economic History of BurlingtonBurlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and ... Burlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and textile industries to its politics.
10:24 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 23 min.The Civil War Civil War DefensesA panel of historians explored the idea of "Civil War defenses" from a variety of angles. They ... A panel of historians explored the idea of "Civil War defenses" from a variety of angles. They talked about military defenses, but also generals who defended their reputations, as well as the inability of soldiers to defend themselves against germs and infections. This talk was part of a symposium hosted by the "Emerging Civil War" blog. 11:47 AM ESTApprox. 23 min.Life & Influence of Ira AllenIra Allen, the youngest brother of Ethan Allen, helped found the University of Vermont in 1791. ... Ira Allen, the youngest brother of Ethan Allen, helped found the University of Vermont in 1791. Burlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the young Allen's influence on the city. 12:10 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 50 min.Lectures in History Jeffry Morrison on Religion & the American RevolutionJeffry Morrison teaches a class on the role of religion in the American Revolution. He explores ... Jeffry Morrison teaches a class on the role of religion in the American Revolution. He explores the meaning of words or phrases in the Declaration of Independence, such as references to a "Creator," or a "Supreme Judge," or "divine Providence." He also highlights the importance of the Great Awakening, a Protestant religious revival in the 1740s, that influenced many Founding Fathers. This class took place at Georgetown University and was organized by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.
2:00 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 25 min.American History TV Visits Burlington, VermontC-SPAN's Cities Tour visited Burlington, Vermont on American History TV to learn about the history ... C-SPAN's Cities Tour visited Burlington, Vermont on American History TV to learn about the history of the city from local experts and historians. 3:25 PM ESTApprox. 35 min.The Civil War Confederate Retreat from GettysburgAuthor Joe Mieczkowski talks about how Confederate General Robert E. Lee maneuvered his army after ... Author Joe Mieczkowski talks about how Confederate General Robert E. Lee maneuvered his army after the Battle of Gettysburg and Union General George Meade's pursuit. He also describes the reorganization of both armies during the months after Lee retreated across the Potomac River. This talk was hosted by the Gettysburg Heritage Center. 4:00 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 16 min.Reel America Tunisian Victory - 1944"Tunisian Victory" was a World War II propaganda film on the North Africa campaign co-produced by ... "Tunisian Victory" was a World War II propaganda film on the North Africa campaign co-produced by the British and U.S. governments and released in early 1944. The documentary used combat footage and reenacted scenes, animated maps, and segments with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and French General Charles de Gaulle. It told the story with alternating British and American narrators. The campaign ended with an Allied victory in May 1943 when approximately 275,000 Axis soldiers surrendered.
5:16 PM ESTApprox. 4 min.Rep. Peter Welch on Vermont Economy and AgricultureVermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture. Vermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture. 5:20 PM ESTApprox. 40 min.Churchill Conference Keynote AddressWinston Churchill novelist and "House of Cards" creator Michael Dobbs presented the keynote ... Winston Churchill novelist and "House of Cards" creator Michael Dobbs presented the keynote address at the 34th International Churchill Conference in New York. 6:00 PM ESTApprox. 15 min.American Artifacts Henry Ford's Garage and Childhood HomeHistoric structures curator Jim Johnson showed us the garage where Henry Ford built his first car, ... Historic structures curator Jim Johnson showed us the garage where Henry Ford built his first car, the quadricycle. Then we walked through Ford's childhood home, where he was born in 1863. Both buildings were relocated to Greenfield Village, the living history section of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.
6:15 PM ESTApprox. 10 min.Railroad History in VermontThe Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director ... The Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director of Preservation Chip Stulen highlighted items that tell the story of what traveling through Vermont by train would have been like in the early 1900s. 6:25 PM ESTApprox. 50 min.Historians on Winston ChurchillFather and son historians Paul Bew and John Bew gave separate talks on Winston Churchill's ... Father and son historians Paul Bew and John Bew gave separate talks on Winston Churchill's relationship with Ireland, and his influence on Clement Attlee, who served as British prime minister from mid-1945 to 1951. This event from New York City was part of a conference hosted by the International Churchill Society. 7:15 PM ESTApprox. 44 min.Winston Churchill & Nuclear WeaponsHistorian Kevin Ruane talks about Winston Churchill and the development and use of nuclear ... Historian Kevin Ruane talks about Winston Churchill and the development and use of nuclear weapons. Mr. Ruane is the author of " Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War." This event was part of a conference hosed by the International Churchill Society.
7:59 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 28 min.The Presidency Abraham Zapruder and JFK AssassinationAbraham Zapruder filmed President Kennedy's Dallas motorcade and assassination in 1963 with his ... Abraham Zapruder filmed President Kennedy's Dallas motorcade and assassination in 1963 with his home movie camera. In this program, his granddaughter Alexandra Zapruder talked about her book, "Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film." The Center for Presidential History and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, both at Southern Methodist University, co-hosted this event. 9:27 PM ESTApprox. 33 min.Economic History of BurlingtonBurlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and ... Burlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the diverse history of the city, from the lumber and textile industries to its politics. 10:00 PM ESTApprox. 15 min.American Artifacts Henry Ford's Garage and Childhood HomeHistoric structures curator Jim Johnson showed us the garage where Henry Ford built his first car, ... Historic structures curator Jim Johnson showed us the garage where Henry Ford built his first car, the quadricycle. Then we walked through Ford's childhood home, where he was born in 1863. Both buildings were relocated to Greenfield Village, the living history section of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.
10:15 PM ESTApprox. 10 min.Railroad History in VermontThe Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director ... The Shelburne Museum offerings showcase some of Vermont's train history. Shelburne Museum Director of Preservation Chip Stulen highlighted items that tell the story of what traveling through Vermont by train would have been like in the early 1900s. 10:25 PM ESTApprox. 46 min.Historians on Winston ChurchillFather and son historians Paul Bew and John Bew gave separate talks on Winston Churchill's ... Father and son historians Paul Bew and John Bew gave separate talks on Winston Churchill's relationship with Ireland, and his influence on Clement Attlee, who served as British prime minister from mid-1945 to 1951. This event from New York City was part of a conference hosted by the International Churchill Society. 11:11 PM ESTApprox. 4 min.Rep. Peter Welch on Vermont Economy and AgricultureVermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture. Vermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture.
11:15 PM ESTApprox. 45 min.Winston Churchill & Nuclear WeaponsHistorian Kevin Ruane talks about Winston Churchill and the development and use of nuclear ... Historian Kevin Ruane talks about Winston Churchill and the development and use of nuclear weapons. Mr. Ruane is the author of " Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War." This event was part of a conference hosed by the International Churchill Society.
Monday, November 20
12:00 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 28 min.The Presidency Abraham Zapruder and JFK AssassinationAbraham Zapruder filmed President Kennedy's Dallas motorcade and assassination in 1963 with his ... Abraham Zapruder filmed President Kennedy's Dallas motorcade and assassination in 1963 with his home movie camera. In this program, his granddaughter Alexandra Zapruder talked about her book, "Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film." The Center for Presidential History and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, both at Southern Methodist University, co-hosted this event. 1:28 AM ESTApprox. 32 min.History of Lake ChamplainLake Champlain was an essential part of the history and economy of Burlington, VT. Jeff Hindes of ... Lake Champlain was an essential part of the history and economy of Burlington, VT. Jeff Hindes of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum discussed the lake and its role in war and commerce. 2:00 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 20 min.Reel America Tunisian Victory - 1944"Tunisian Victory" was a World War II propaganda film on the North Africa campaign co-produced by ... "Tunisian Victory" was a World War II propaganda film on the North Africa campaign co-produced by the British and U.S. governments and released in early 1944. The documentary used combat footage and reenacted scenes, animated maps, and segments with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and French General Charles de Gaulle. It told the story with alternating British and American narrators. The campaign ended with an Allied victory in May 1943 when approximately 275,000 Axis soldiers surrendered.
3:20 AM ESTApprox. 40 min.Churchill Conference Keynote AddressWinston Churchill novelist and "House of Cards" creator Michael Dobbs presented the keynote ... Winston Churchill novelist and "House of Cards" creator Michael Dobbs presented the keynote address at the 34th International Churchill Conference in New York. 4:00 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 25 min.American History TV Visits Burlington, VermontC-SPAN's Cities Tour visited Burlington, Vermont on American History TV to learn about the history ... C-SPAN's Cities Tour visited Burlington, Vermont on American History TV to learn about the history of the city from local experts and historians. 5:25 AM ESTApprox. 35 min.The Civil War Confederate Retreat from GettysburgAuthor Joe Mieczkowski talks about how Confederate General Robert E. Lee maneuvered his army after ... Author Joe Mieczkowski talks about how Confederate General Robert E. Lee maneuvered his army after the Battle of Gettysburg and Union General George Meade's pursuit. He also describes the reorganization of both armies during the months after Lee retreated across the Potomac River. This talk was hosted by the Gettysburg Heritage Center.
6:00 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 26 min.The Presidency Nixon's Cold War Detente StrategyFormer National Security Council member Sven Kraemer talked about President Richard Nixon's Cold ... Former National Security Council member Sven Kraemer talked about President Richard Nixon's Cold War dtente strategy. Mr. Kraemer is the author of " Inside the Cold War From Marx to Reagan: An Unprecedented Guide to the Roots, History, Strategies, and Key Documents of the Cold War." The Richard Nixon Foundation hosted this event. 7:26 AM ESTApprox. 4 min.Rep. Peter Welch on Vermont Economy and AgricultureVermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture. Vermont Representative Peter Welch discussed the state's economy and agriculture. 7:30 AM ESTApprox. 15 min.American Artifacts Henry Ford's Garage and Childhood HomeHistoric structures curator Jim Johnson showed us the garage where Henry Ford built his first car, ... Historic structures curator Jim Johnson showed us the garage where Henry Ford built his first car, the quadricycle. Then we walked through Ford's childhood home, where he was born in 1863. Both buildings were relocated to Greenfield Village, the living history section of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.
7:45 AM ESTApprox. 15 min.Life & Influence of Ira AllenIra Allen, the youngest brother of Ethan Allen, helped found the University of Vermont in 1791. ... Ira Allen, the youngest brother of Ethan Allen, helped found the University of Vermont in 1791. Burlington historian Vince Feeney discussed the young Allen's influence on the city.