American History TV Schedule

Week of March 8 through March 15

All times and durations are subject to change

Saturday, March 10
8:00 AM ESTApprox. 59 min.Reel America CBS News Special Report Remedy for Riot - 1968"Remedy for Riot" is a CBS News special report from March 3, 1968 detailing the findings of the ... "Remedy for Riot" is a CBS News special report from March 3, 1968 detailing the findings of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders or Kerner Commission. The commission was formed by President Lyndon Johnson in the wake of widespread rioting, unrest, and racial tension in several cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Newark, and Detroit and the report was released on February 29, 1968. Using film of the riots, interviews with commission members, civic leaders, and citizens, CBS examines the causes of unrest and the Kerner Report's proposals for preventing similar unrest in the future. 8:59 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 11 min.Biblical Influences on American Religious FreedomThree historians of religion discussed the influence the Bible and other Christian writings had on ... Three historians of religion discussed the influence the Bible and other Christian writings had on American political figures such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Martin Luther King Jr. The panel focuses on how these influences shaped the thoughts of the three leaders regarding religious freedom in the United States. The Museum of the Bible and the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. 10:10 AM ESTApprox. 35 min.American Artifacts Newseum Tet Offensive ExhibitWe visited the Newseum in Washington, DC to tour an exhibit on the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive and ... We visited the Newseum in Washington, DC to tour an exhibit on the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive and the Battle of Hue, where some of the most intense fighting of the campaign took place. We spoke with former Stars & Stripes photographer John Olson about his photos and experiences in the battle. The Tet Offensive started on January 30, 1968, with Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces attacking more than 100 cities, towns and outposts across a broad swath of South Vietnam.
10:45 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.Artist Seth Eastman's Military Fort PaintingsArt historian James McElhinney talked about and showed some of Seth Eastman's 19th century ... Art historian James McElhinney talked about and showed some of Seth Eastman's 19th century paintings depicting U.S. military forts. The U.S. Historical Society hosted this event. 12:00 PM ESTApprox. 45 min.The Presidency Ronald Reagan Birthday CommemorationThe Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation marked what would have been the 40th president's 107th ... The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation marked what would have been the 40th president's 107th birthday. We'll hear from Camp Pendleton's Brigadier General Kevin Killea and James Baker, who served as Treasury Secretary under President Reagan. 12:45 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 4 min.History of Gun Rights in AmericaHistorian Patrick Charles and legal scholar Brannon Denning discuss the history of the second ... Historian Patrick Charles and legal scholar Brannon Denning discuss the history of the second amendment and American gun rights from the drafting of the Bill of Rights to more recent Supreme Court decisions that have shaped the current debate over gun control legislation. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted the event.
1:49 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 36 min.Frederick Douglass BicentennialHistorian David Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance ... Historian David Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition presented a talk titled "Frederick Douglass at 200." Professor Blight discussed Douglass's life and work as an escaped slave, abolitionist, public speaker, and writer, as well as how we think about him now. The Maryland Historical Society hosted this event to mark the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass. 3:25 PM ESTApprox. 15 min.Oral Histories African Americans and EugenicsJohns Hopkins Ph.D. candidate Ayah Nurridin talked about the history of history African Americans ... Johns Hopkins Ph.D. candidate Ayah Nurridin talked about the history of history African Americans and eugenics in this interview recorded at the American Historical Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 3:40 PM ESTApprox. 20 min.Oral Histories The Vietnam WarHistorian Mark Philip Bradley of the University of Chicago explained why teaching the Vietnam War ... Historian Mark Philip Bradley of the University of Chicago explained why teaching the Vietnam War has changed, and he reflected on U.S.-Vietnam relations today. The interview was recorded at the American Historical Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
4:00 PM ESTApprox. 55 min.History Bookshelf John Barry, The Great InfluenzaMr. Barry talked about his book The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in ... Mr. Barry talked about his book The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, published by Viking Press. The book discusses an influenza that spread across the globe in 1918, causing more deaths than both AIDS and SARS. Mr. Barry discussed the critical role doctors from the newly formed Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore played in tracking the virus and the ways in which they were able to contain the outbreak. He claimed that another pandemic is not only possible, but also long overdue. He also discussed how governments do not always tell the truth involving public health concerns, such as in the 1918 influenza epidemic and the recent SARS outbreak. After his presentation, the author answered questions from members of the audience. 4:55 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.U.S. World War II StrategyStanford University professor David Kennedy discussed U.S. World War II strategy. The Friends of ... Stanford University professor David Kennedy discussed U.S. World War II strategy. The Friends of the National World War II Memorial hosted this event. 6:00 PM ESTApprox. 59 min.The Civil War The Civil War's Impact on Ordinary AmericansVirginia Tech History Professor Emeritus James Robertson talked about the Civil War's impact on ... Virginia Tech History Professor Emeritus James Robertson talked about the Civil War's impact on ordinary civilians and soldiers. He is the author of "Civil War Echoes: Voices from Virginia, 1860-1891" and many other award winning Civil War books. The Library of Virginia in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum and the University of Virginia Center for Civil War History co-hosted this talk as part of their annual Civil War symposium.
6:59 PM ESTApprox. 6 min.Settlement of ShawneePottawatomie County Historic Society director Ken Landry discussed the settlement of Shawnee and ... Pottawatomie County Historic Society director Ken Landry discussed the settlement of Shawnee and the impact that the railroad had on the growth of the town in the 1890s. 7:05 PM ESTApprox. 54 min.Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Congressional CeremonyThe Office of The Senate Majority Leader hosted a ceremony to commemorate African American ... The Office of The Senate Majority Leader hosted a ceremony to commemorate African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday. Speakers included Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and a Douglass descendant. 7:59 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 16 min.Lectures in History Political Right Since the 1960sEmory University professor Joseph Crespino taught a class on the political right since the 1960s ... Emory University professor Joseph Crespino taught a class on the political right since the 1960s and explored how the Democratic South became solidly Republican. He focused on the "Southern Strategy," efforts by the Republican Party to appeal to conservative whites. He also talked about the economic growth of the Sun Belt region, states in the South and Southwest, and its impact on this political shift.
9:15 PM ESTApprox. 45 min.The Bible and the American RevolutionVanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd talked the Bible's use by the founding fathers ... Vanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd talked the Bible's use by the founding fathers to defend their patriotic convictions. He highligthed text focused on military battles and argued that the Bible was influential on the founders decision for war regardless of whether they believed it was the word of God. This talk was a part of a symposium hosted by the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. 10:00 PM ESTApprox. 25 min.Reel America Secure the Blessings - 1951This 1951 National Education Association film features actors portraying a variety of Americans ... This 1951 National Education Association film features actors portraying a variety of Americans including a factory owner, U.S. Senator, farmer, and housewife in situations that force them to choose between what is best for themselves versus what is best for the community. The film celebrates the civil and democratic way that decisions are reached in the United States, and argues that these values must be taught and nurtured in well-funded public schools with teachers who are not overworked and underappreciated. 10:25 PM ESTApprox. 9 min.Tour of Shawnee, OklahomaJustin Erickson, City Manager of Shawnee, Oklahoma, gave a tour of the city and highlighted some ... Justin Erickson, City Manager of Shawnee, Oklahoma, gave a tour of the city and highlighted some of its unique locations.
10:34 PM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 26 min.Remembering the Vietnam War's Tet OffensiveThree Vietnam War veterans who were deployed during the 1968 Tet Offensive recount their service ... Three Vietnam War veterans who were deployed during the 1968 Tet Offensive recount their service and the fighting in which they were involved during that time. Later, you also hear from a man whose family fled South Vietnam for the United States during the war, as well as a staff member for Sen. John Boozman (R-AR). John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas hosted this event.
Sunday, March 11
12:00 AM ESTApprox. 1 hr. 13 min.Lectures in History Political Right Since the 1960sEmory University professor Joseph Crespino taught a class on the political right since the 1960s ... Emory University professor Joseph Crespino taught a class on the political right since the 1960s and explored how the Democratic South became solidly Republican. He focused on the "Southern Strategy," efforts by the Republican Party to appeal to conservative whites. He also talked about the economic growth of the Sun Belt region, states in the South and Southwest, and its impact on this political shift. 1:13 AM ESTApprox. 12 min.Benedictine Monks in OklahomaBenedictine Monks first arrived in what is today the state of Oklahoma in 1875. Rt. Rev. Lawrence ... Benedictine Monks first arrived in what is today the state of Oklahoma in 1875. Rt. Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, Abbot of St. Gregory's Abbey, explains how Monks arrived in Oklahoma and their work with Native Americans. 1:25 AM ESTApprox. 45 min.The Bible and the American RevolutionVanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd talked the Bible's use by the founding fathers ... Vanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd talked the Bible's use by the founding fathers to defend their patriotic convictions. He highligthed text focused on military battles and argued that the Bible was influential on the founders decision for war regardless of whether they believed it was the word of God. This talk was a part of a symposium hosted by the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
3:10 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.History Bookshelf John Barry, The Great InfluenzaMr. Barry talked about his book The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in ... Mr. Barry talked about his book The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, published by Viking Press. The book discusses an influenza that spread across the globe in 1918, causing more deaths than both AIDS and SARS. Mr. Barry discussed the critical role doctors from the newly formed Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore played in tracking the virus and the ways in which they were able to contain the outbreak. He claimed that another pandemic is not only possible, but also long overdue. He also discussed how governments do not always tell the truth involving public health concerns, such as in the 1918 influenza epidemic and the recent SARS outbreak. After his presentation, the author answered questions from members of the audience. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Congressional CeremonyThe Office of The Senate Majority Leader hosted a ceremony to commemorate African American ... The Office of The Senate Majority Leader hosted a ceremony to commemorate African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday. Speakers included Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and a Douglass descendant. 4:50 AM EDTApprox. 15 min.Oral Histories African Americans and EugenicsJohns Hopkins Ph.D. candidate Ayah Nurridin talked about the history of history African Americans ... Johns Hopkins Ph.D. candidate Ayah Nurridin talked about the history of history African Americans and eugenics in this interview recorded at the American Historical Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
5:05 AM EDTApprox. 44 min.The Presidency Ronald Reagan Birthday CommemorationThe Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation marked what would have been the 40th president's 107th ... The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation marked what would have been the 40th president's 107th birthday. We'll hear from Camp Pendleton's Brigadier General Kevin Killea and James Baker, who served as Treasury Secretary under President Reagan. 5:49 AM EDTApprox. 2 hr. 11 min.African American Veterans Awards CeremonyThe Congressional Black Caucus Foundation recognized several African American veterans who ... The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation recognized several African American veterans who continued to serve their country after their time in the military ended. These veterans included several members of congress, two community leaders, and retired General Colin Powell. The event featured presentations of several awards, and a discussion with three of the veterans. 8:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.History Bookshelf John Lukacs, George KennanJohn Lukacs talked about his biography, George Kennan: A Study of Character, published by Yale ... John Lukacs talked about his biography, George Kennan: A Study of Character, published by Yale University Press. Lukacs recounted the life of diplomat and historian George Kennan (1904-2005) who assisted in the development of the Truman Doctrine and the drafting of the Marshall Plan. Kennan's writings were integral in the shaping of American foreign policy in the 1940s. After his presentation Mr. Lukacs responded to audience members' questions. John Lukacs is a member of the Royal Historical Society of the United Kingdom and a past president-elect of the American Catholic Historical Association. He is the author of over twenty books including Five Days in London: May 1940.
9:15 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Bible and the American RevolutionVanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd talked the Bible's use by the founding fathers ... Vanderbilt University divinity professor James Byrd talked the Bible's use by the founding fathers to defend their patriotic convictions. He highligthed text focused on military battles and argued that the Bible was influential on the founders decision for war regardless of whether they believed it was the word of God. This talk was a part of a symposium hosted by the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. 10:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.Oral Histories Harry Rothmann West Point Interview, Part 2U.S. Military Academy graduate Harry Rothmann talked about his military experiences after the ... U.S. Military Academy graduate Harry Rothmann talked about his military experiences after the Vietnam War. This included the Gander tragedy from 1985, when 248 American soldiers, most of them from the same division, died in a plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland after returning from a Cairo peacekeeping mission. Lieutenant Colonel Rothmann took command of that battalion and was responsible for rebuilding it. This is the second of two parts and is in the collection of the West Point Center for Oral History. 11:30 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts Newseum Tet Offensive ExhibitWe visited the Newseum in Washington, DC to tour an exhibit on the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive and ... We visited the Newseum in Washington, DC to tour an exhibit on the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive and the Battle of Hue, where some of the most intense fighting of the campaign took place. We spoke with former Stars & Stripes photographer John Olson about his photos and experiences in the battle. The Tet Offensive started on January 30, 1968, with Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces attacking more than 100 cities, towns and outposts across a broad swath of South Vietnam.
12:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 20 min.Lectures in History Abundance, Wages & the Great DepressionSouthern Methodist University professor Alexis McCrossen teaches a class on the abundance of the ... Southern Methodist University professor Alexis McCrossen teaches a class on the abundance of the 1920s and the Great Depression. She argues that low wages and an unequal distribution of wealth hindered American consumers from keeping up with the high levels of economic productivity. She also talks about the demands for political solutions and President Roosevelt's "New Deal" programs. 1:20 PM EDTApprox. 59 min.The Civil War Divided Families in the Civil WarAmy Murrell Taylor discussed how families coped with divided loyalties between the Union and ... Amy Murrell Taylor discussed how families coped with divided loyalties between the Union and Confederacy before, during and after the Civil War. She is the author of "The Divided Family in Civil War America." The Library of Virginia in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum and the University of Virginia Center for Civil War History co-hosted this hour-long talk. 2:19 PM EDTApprox. 11 min.Benedictine Monks in OklahomaBenedictine Monks first arrived in what is today the state of Oklahoma in 1875. Rt. Rev. Lawrence ... Benedictine Monks first arrived in what is today the state of Oklahoma in 1875. Rt. Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, Abbot of St. Gregory's Abbey, explains how Monks arrived in Oklahoma and their work with Native Americans.
2:30 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.African Americans in MissouriGary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri discussed his book, ... Gary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri discussed his book, "Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri. The book traces the Missouri history of African Americans including their transition from slavery to freedom, a look at life in all-black rural communities, and the movement to Missouri's urban areas to seek new opportunities. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event. 4:00 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.Reel America Secure the Blessings - 1951This 1951 National Education Association film features actors portraying a variety of Americans ... This 1951 National Education Association film features actors portraying a variety of Americans including a factory owner, U.S. Senator, farmer, and housewife in situations that force them to choose between what is best for themselves versus what is best for the community. The film celebrates the civil and democratic way that decisions are reached in the United States, and argues that these values must be taught and nurtured in well-funded public schools with teachers who are not overworked and underappreciated. 4:30 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 21 min.Remembering the Vietnam War's Tet OffensiveThree Vietnam War veterans who were deployed during the 1968 Tet Offensive recount their service ... Three Vietnam War veterans who were deployed during the 1968 Tet Offensive recount their service and the fighting in which they were involved during that time. Later, you also hear from a man whose family fled South Vietnam for the United States during the war, as well as a staff member for Sen. John Boozman (R-AR). John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas hosted this event.
5:51 PM EDTApprox. 9 min.Tour of Shawnee, OklahomaJustin Erickson, City Manager of Shawnee, Oklahoma, gave a tour of the city and highlighted some ... Justin Erickson, City Manager of Shawnee, Oklahoma, gave a tour of the city and highlighted some of its unique locations. 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 35 min.American Artifacts Herblock Political CartoonsThe Library of Congress houses the largest collection of political cartoons by Herbert Block, best ... The Library of Congress houses the largest collection of political cartoons by Herbert Block, best known as Herblock. His career spanned 72 years and he covered presidents from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. Sara Duke, curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Arts, talked to us about his influence and legacy and showed us many of his cartoons, some on exhibit in the library's Herblock Gallery. 6:35 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 25 min.Race, Class & Politics in Modern AtlantaGeorgia State University professor Maurice Hobson talked about his book, "The Legend of the Black ... Georgia State University professor Maurice Hobson talked about his book, "The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta," in which he looks at the history of Atlanta's black community from the 1970s to the 1990s. The Atlanta History Center hosted this event.
8:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 40 min.The Presidency Ulysses S. GrantCharles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of "The Presidency of ... Charles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of "The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant." He explained why Grant was considered an unsuccessful chief executive by many early 20th century historians despite his domestic and foreign policy achievements. He argued that Grant was actually an influential president dogged by political enemies and scandal. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this program. 9:40 PM EDTApprox. 20 min.Oral Histories Child LaborRutgers University Ph.D. candidate Julia Bowes talked about the history of child labor in the ... Rutgers University Ph.D. candidate Julia Bowes talked about the history of child labor in the United States in this interview recorded at the American Historical Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 10:00 PM EDTApprox. 35 min.American Artifacts Herblock Political CartoonsThe Library of Congress houses the largest collection of political cartoons by Herbert Block, best ... The Library of Congress houses the largest collection of political cartoons by Herbert Block, best known as Herblock. His career spanned 72 years and he covered presidents from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. Sara Duke, curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Arts, talked to us about his influence and legacy and showed us many of his cartoons, some on exhibit in the library's Herblock Gallery.
10:35 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 25 min.Race, Class & Politics in Modern AtlantaGeorgia State University professor Maurice Hobson talked about his book, "The Legend of the Black ... Georgia State University professor Maurice Hobson talked about his book, "The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta," in which he looks at the history of Atlanta's black community from the 1970s to the 1990s. The Atlanta History Center hosted this event.
Monday, March 12
12:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 40 min.The Presidency Ulysses S. GrantCharles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of "The Presidency of ... Charles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of "The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant." He explained why Grant was considered an unsuccessful chief executive by many early 20th century historians despite his domestic and foreign policy achievements. He argued that Grant was actually an influential president dogged by political enemies and scandal. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this program. 1:40 AM EDTApprox. 20 min.Oral Histories Child LaborRutgers University Ph.D. candidate Julia Bowes talked about the history of child labor in the ... Rutgers University Ph.D. candidate Julia Bowes talked about the history of child labor in the United States in this interview recorded at the American Historical Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.Reel America Secure the Blessings - 1951This 1951 National Education Association film features actors portraying a variety of Americans ... This 1951 National Education Association film features actors portraying a variety of Americans including a factory owner, U.S. Senator, farmer, and housewife in situations that force them to choose between what is best for themselves versus what is best for the community. The film celebrates the civil and democratic way that decisions are reached in the United States, and argues that these values must be taught and nurtured in well-funded public schools with teachers who are not overworked and underappreciated.
2:30 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 20 min.Remembering the Vietnam War's Tet OffensiveThree Vietnam War veterans who were deployed during the 1968 Tet Offensive recount their service ... Three Vietnam War veterans who were deployed during the 1968 Tet Offensive recount their service and the fighting in which they were involved during that time. Later, you also hear from a man whose family fled South Vietnam for the United States during the war, as well as a staff member for Sen. John Boozman (R-AR). John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas hosted this event. 3:50 AM EDTApprox. 10 min.Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle AviaryThe Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary cares for injured wild eagles. Manager Jennifer ... The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary cares for injured wild eagles. Manager Jennifer Randell, talked about the special relationship between the eagles and the Potawatomi people. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.African Americans in MissouriGary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri discussed his book, ... Gary Kremer, Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri discussed his book, "Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri. The book traces the Missouri history of African Americans including their transition from slavery to freedom, a look at life in all-black rural communities, and the movement to Missouri's urban areas to seek new opportunities. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.
5:30 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.African American Students and the First AmendmentHarvard Law professor Randall Kennedy talked about the origins of first amendment rights for ... Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy talked about the origins of first amendment rights for African American student protesters. He is author of the forthcoming book, "From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats of the Black Revolts, 1948-1968." The New-York Historical Society hosted this event. 6:35 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 25 min.Oral Histories Harry Rothmann West Point Interview, Part 2U.S. Military Academy graduate Harry Rothmann talked about his military experiences after the ... U.S. Military Academy graduate Harry Rothmann talked about his military experiences after the Vietnam War. This included the Gander tragedy from 1985, when 248 American soldiers, most of them from the same division, died in a plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland after returning from a Cairo peacekeeping mission. Lieutenant Colonel Rothmann took command of that battalion and was responsible for rebuilding it. This is the second of two parts and is in the collection of the West Point Center for Oral History.