American History TV Schedule

Week of September 11 through September 18

All times and durations are subject to change

Saturday, September 14
8:00 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.Reel America "Assignment Washington, The Correspondent Marino de Medici" - 1977This U.S. Information Agency film profiles an Italian newspaper journalist as he describes his ... This U.S. Information Agency film profiles an Italian newspaper journalist as he describes his day-to-day duties in Washington, and travels to cover several presidential campaign events in 1976. President Gerald Ford is seen campaigning in the South on a Mississippi riverboat, and the correspondent rides an Amtrak train on challenger Jimmy Carter's whistle-stop tour in the Northeast. 8:30 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.U.S.-Iran RelationsThis National History Center briefing from Capitol Hill featured a political scientist and a ... This National History Center briefing from Capitol Hill featured a political scientist and a historian who have spent their careers studying American-Iranian relations. In light of current tensions between the two nations, they traced the history of U.S. policy towards Iran and Iran's nuclear program, which began with the assistance of the Eisenhower administration as part of an "Atoms for Peace" initiative. 9:40 AM EDTApprox. 15 min.National History Day - "We Fight, We Sacrifice, We Triumph, Triumph & Tragedy of Hitler Youth"Three middle school students from Atlas Academy in Waco, Texas perform in the National History Day ... Three middle school students from Atlas Academy in Waco, Texas perform in the National History Day junior group finals competition in College Park, Maryland. Their topic was the the methods used to brainwash Hitler Youth in 1930s and 1940s Nazi Germany, and the tragedies that resulted.
9:55 AM EDTApprox. 15 min.Reel America The Making of the Nazi" - 1943This World War II Walt Disney Studios animated short film is about the Hitler Youth, based on a ... This World War II Walt Disney Studios animated short film is about the Hitler Youth, based on a book of the same title by Gregor Ziemer. 10:10 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 50 min.U.S. Automobile HistoryHistorian Dan Albert talked about his book, "Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, ... Historian Dan Albert talked about his book, "Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless," in which he chronicles the history of U.S. autos and argues against driverless cars. 12:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 6 min.The Presidency Abigail Adams & Mercy Otis WarrenThis November is the 275th anniversary of Abigail Adams' birth. Her biographer Edith Gelles talked ... This November is the 275th anniversary of Abigail Adams' birth. Her biographer Edith Gelles talked about the social and political relationship between Adams and her friend, the poet and historian Mercy Otis Warren. They were two of the most significant women in Revolutionary War America. When they met, Warren was a mentor to the younger Adams. But it was Abigail who ended up in the White House with her husband John. The Abigail Adams Historical Society and the Hingham Historical Society co-hosted this event.
1:06 PM EDTApprox. 49 min.The Civil War Ulysses S. Grant & Union Military LeadershipTexas Christian University professor Steven Woodworth discussed Ulysses S. Grant's leadership ... Texas Christian University professor Steven Woodworth discussed Ulysses S. Grant's leadership style and how it compared to other Union generals. He argued that characteristics such as Grant's calmness helped bring the Civil War to a close. This talk was hosted by Kennesaw State University's Civil War Center. 1:55 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.1944 Paris & Warsaw UprisingsMilitary historian Cathal Nolan chronicled the Paris and Warsaw uprisings that occurred ... Military historian Cathal Nolan chronicled the Paris and Warsaw uprisings that occurred simultaneously in August of 1944. He was joined by the museum's senior historian, Robert Citino, for a conversation about those events. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans hosted this program. 3:05 PM EDTApprox. 55 min.400th Anniversary of Virginia General Assembly - Part 1A commemoration marking the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the Virginia General ... A commemoration marking the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the Virginia General Assembly in the summer of 1619. This is part one of a three-part ceremony.
4:00 PM EDTApprox. 59 min.History Bookshelf Pete Hegseth, "In the Arena"Pete Hegseth talked about his book, "In the Arena: Good Citizens, a Great Republic, and How One ... Pete Hegseth talked about his book, "In the Arena: Good Citizens, a Great Republic, and How One Speech Can Reinvigorate America," in which he discussed Theodore Roosevelt's "Citizenship in a Republic" address and offers his own updated version of the address. 4:59 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 1 min.1960s Black Freedom MovementFour civil rights activists discussed their experiences as part of the 1960s black freedom ... Four civil rights activists discussed their experiences as part of the 1960s black freedom movement. Panelists also talked about race relations in modern times and how lessons learned in the 1960s might be applied today. This was part of the Association of African American Museums annual conference. 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 55 min.The Civil War 1863 Tullahoma CampaignAuthor Chris Kolakowski talked about the 1863 Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. He argued that the ... Author Chris Kolakowski talked about the 1863 Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. He argued that the power struggles between the Confederate leaders in the Army of Tennessee resulted in their unpreparedness for battle. This talk was part of a symposium on "Forgotten Battles of the Civil War" hosted by the "Emerging Civil War" blog.
6:55 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 4 min.The Civil War Civil War ViolenceLouisiana State University professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean discussed violence in the Civil War. Mr. ... Louisiana State University professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean discussed violence in the Civil War. Mr. Sheehan-Dean is the author of "The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War." This talk was part of the annual summer conference hosted by the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute. 7:59 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 16 min.Lectures in History Anti-Semitism & Holocaust DenialEmory University professor Deborah Lipstadt taught a class about anti-Semitism in America and ... Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt taught a class about anti-Semitism in America and Holocaust denial. She shared the story of her 1996 lawsuit against Holocaust denier David Irving - which was turned into the 2016 movie, "Denial." She also outlined answers to frequent claims made by deniers. 9:15 PM EDTApprox. 44 min.History Bookshelf Bradley Birzer, "Russell Kirk"Bradley Birzer talked about Russell Kirk: American Conservative, his biography of influential ... Bradley Birzer talked about Russell Kirk: American Conservative, his biography of influential conservative writer Russell Kirk. He spoke at Jones College Prep High School at the 2016 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest.
9:59 PM EDTApprox. 28 min.Reel America 1972 McGovern for President Campaign FilmThis 1972 campaign film paid for by the McGovern for President Committee features Democratic ... This 1972 campaign film paid for by the McGovern for President Committee features Democratic nominee Sen. George McGovern (D-South Dakota) as he meets a variety of voters across the United States who are struggling with economic problems. Profiled are senior citizens, a Baltimore steelworker, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, an unemployed engineer, and Vietnam veterans. 10:27 PM EDTApprox. 32 min.Reel America "Ronald Reagan, Citizen Governor" - 1968This Citizens for Reagan Committee film promotes the California governor for the 1968 Republican ... This Citizens for Reagan Committee film promotes the California governor for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. The film traces Reagan's post-war activities as a labor leader and spokesperson for General Electric, then uses clips of speeches to celebrate his accomplishments in office and his conservative approach to government. Ronald Reagan lost the 1968 nomination to the eventual winner of the general election, Richard Nixon. 10:59 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 2 min.Shakespeare & U.S. PoliticsShakespeare enthusiast and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Chief Counsel Michael Evans ... Shakespeare enthusiast and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Chief Counsel Michael Evans discussed how the Bard has been invoked in historic congressional debates, and the political lessons that might be learned from his plays, especially the tragedies. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this program.
Sunday, September 15
12:01 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 14 min.Lectures in History Anti-Semitism & Holocaust DenialEmory University professor Deborah Lipstadt taught a class about anti-Semitism in America and ... Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt taught a class about anti-Semitism in America and Holocaust denial. She shared the story of her 1996 lawsuit against Holocaust denier David Irving - which was turned into the 2016 movie, "Denial." She also outlined answers to frequent claims made by deniers. 1:15 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.History Bookshelf Bradley Birzer, "Russell Kirk"Bradley Birzer talked about Russell Kirk: American Conservative, his biography of influential ... Bradley Birzer talked about Russell Kirk: American Conservative, his biography of influential conservative writer Russell Kirk. He spoke at Jones College Prep High School at the 2016 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.History Bookshelf Pete Hegseth, "In the Arena"Pete Hegseth talked about his book, "In the Arena: Good Citizens, a Great Republic, and How One ... Pete Hegseth talked about his book, "In the Arena: Good Citizens, a Great Republic, and How One Speech Can Reinvigorate America," in which he discussed Theodore Roosevelt's "Citizenship in a Republic" address and offers his own updated version of the address.
3:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.1960s Black Freedom MovementFour civil rights activists discussed their experiences as part of the 1960s black freedom ... Four civil rights activists discussed their experiences as part of the 1960s black freedom movement. Panelists also talked about race relations in modern times and how lessons learned in the 1960s might be applied today. This was part of the Association of African American Museums annual conference. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.The Civil War 1863 Tullahoma CampaignAuthor Chris Kolakowski talked about the 1863 Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. He argued that the ... Author Chris Kolakowski talked about the 1863 Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. He argued that the power struggles between the Confederate leaders in the Army of Tennessee resulted in their unpreparedness for battle. This talk was part of a symposium on "Forgotten Battles of the Civil War" hosted by the "Emerging Civil War" blog. 4:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.The Civil War Civil War ViolenceLouisiana State University professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean discussed violence in the Civil War. Mr. ... Louisiana State University professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean discussed violence in the Civil War. Mr. Sheehan-Dean is the author of "The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War." This talk was part of the annual summer conference hosted by the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute.
6:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.1944 Paris & Warsaw UprisingsMilitary historian Cathal Nolan chronicled the Paris and Warsaw uprisings that occurred ... Military historian Cathal Nolan chronicled the Paris and Warsaw uprisings that occurred simultaneously in August of 1944. He was joined by the museum's senior historian, Robert Citino, for a conversation about those events. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans hosted this program. 7:10 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.400th Anniversary of Virginia General Assembly - Part 1A commemoration marking the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the Virginia General ... A commemoration marking the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the Virginia General Assembly in the summer of 1619. This is part one of a three-part ceremony. 8:05 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.History Bookshelf Margaret Creighton, "The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City"Professor Margaret Creighton talked about her book "The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: ... Professor Margaret Creighton talked about her book "The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair," in which she recalls the assassination of President William McKinley at the 1901 World's Fair in Buffalo.
8:50 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Allied Liberation of ParisOn August 25th, 1944, U.S. and French soldiers liberated Paris after more than four years of ... On August 25th, 1944, U.S. and French soldiers liberated Paris after more than four years of German occupation. In this program, military historian Harry Laver chronicled the Allied operation. The Kansas City Public Library and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College co-hosted this talk. 9:55 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Civil War Spangler Farm at GettysburgAuthor Ronald Kirkwood talked about the Spangler Farm during the Battle of Gettysburg, which was ... Author Ronald Kirkwood talked about the Spangler Farm during the Battle of Gettysburg, which was used as a Union Army headquarters, an artillery reserve and a field hospital. This talk was hosted by the Gettysburg Heritage Center. 10:40 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.The Civil War Farms at GettysburgAuthor Tim Smith talked about the subject of his book, "Farms at Gettysburg." He described the ... Author Tim Smith talked about the subject of his book, "Farms at Gettysburg." He described the families who lived in the area during the Civil War and how they were affected by the Battle of Gettysburg. This talk was hosted by the Gettysburg Heritage Center.
11:35 AM EDTApprox. 25 min.American Artifacts WWII Combat Team in Maritime AlpsC-SPAN visited the living history camp of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team to learn ... C-SPAN visited the living history camp of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team to learn about the experiences of U.S. Army soldiers in the Maritime Alps during World War II. The 517th jumped into southern France as part of the August 15, 1944 Operation Dragoon. This camp was part of the annual Army Heritage Days in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 12:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 25 min.Lectures in History Environmental Impact of California Gold RushUniversity of Arkansas professor Elliott West lectured about the environmental impact of the ... University of Arkansas professor Elliott West lectured about the environmental impact of the California Gold Rush. He described how 19th-century mining practices led to deforestation, mercury contamination, and sediment-clogged rivers. This class was part of a seminar for high school teachers hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 1:25 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 16 min.The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s MidwestIndiana University Bloomington history professor emeritus James H. Madison gave an illustrated ... Indiana University Bloomington history professor emeritus James H. Madison gave an illustrated talk about the Ku Klux Klan in the Midwest, highlighting the 1920s era, when there may have been as many as four million KKK members nationwide. This talk is part of the fifth annual Midwestern History Conference hosted by the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University.
2:41 PM EDTApprox. 8 min.Coal Mining in WyomingCoal mining played a major role in the development of Sheridan and the surrounding area. Sheridan ... Coal mining played a major role in the development of Sheridan and the surrounding area. Sheridan County Museum Executive Director Mikayla Larrow, shared how the coal industry shaped the makeup of Sheridan and what remains of the once thriving towns that supported the mines. 2:49 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 11 min.Oak Ridge, Tennessee After the Manhattan ProjectOak Ridge National Laboratory veteran Al Ekkebus talked about the World War II nuclear weapons ... Oak Ridge National Laboratory veteran Al Ekkebus talked about the World War II nuclear weapons program known as the Manhattan Project, the program's aftermath and the impact on the main developmental facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He focused on the years 1945 to 1950. The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge hosted this event. 4:00 PM EDTApprox. 28 min.Reel America 1972 McGovern for President Campaign FilmThis 1972 campaign film paid for by the McGovern for President Committee features Democratic ... This 1972 campaign film paid for by the McGovern for President Committee features Democratic nominee Sen. George McGovern (D-South Dakota) as he meets a variety of voters across the United States who are struggling with economic problems. Profiled are senior citizens, a Baltimore steelworker, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, an unemployed engineer, and Vietnam veterans.
4:28 PM EDTApprox. 32 min.Reel America "Ronald Reagan, Citizen Governor" - 1968This Citizens for Reagan Committee film promotes the California governor for the 1968 Republican ... This Citizens for Reagan Committee film promotes the California governor for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. The film traces Reagan's post-war activities as a labor leader and spokesperson for General Electric, then uses clips of speeches to celebrate his accomplishments in office and his conservative approach to government. Ronald Reagan lost the 1968 nomination to the eventual winner of the general election, Richard Nixon. 5:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Shakespeare & U.S. PoliticsShakespeare enthusiast and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Chief Counsel Michael Evans ... Shakespeare enthusiast and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Chief Counsel Michael Evans discussed how the Bard has been invoked in historic congressional debates, and the political lessons that might be learned from his plays, especially the tragedies. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this program. 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 49 min.American Artifacts "Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms" ExhibitIn his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known ... In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known as the "Four Freedoms": freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. To represent these ideals, Norman Rockwell created paintings which became highly successful promotional posters for World War II war bonds. George Washington University Museum director and art historian John Wetenhall led us on tour of a Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibit which explores these paintings, Rockwell's career, the 75th anniversary of World War II, and contemporary works by artists reinterpreting the Four Freedoms.
6:49 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.Pioneer Mother Statues & MonumentsUniversity of North Dakota history professor Cynthia Culver Prescott talked about her book, ... University of North Dakota history professor Cynthia Culver Prescott talked about her book, "Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory." She highlighted some of the Kansas City area statues and monuments of pioneer mothers at this event at the Kansas City Public Library. 7:59 PM EDTApprox. 56 min.The Presidency FDR & Presidential Adviser Robert JacksonWilliam Casto talked about FDR's relationship with Robert Jackson, who served during his ... William Casto talked about FDR's relationship with Robert Jackson, who served during his administration as solicitor general, attorney general and as a Supreme Court justice. Mr. Casto is the author of, "Advising the President: Attorney General Robert H. Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt." The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum hosted this program. 8:55 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Library of Congress in the Digital AgeLibrarian of Congress Carla Hayden talked with journalist Ray Suarez about running the library in ... Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talked with journalist Ray Suarez about running the library in the digital age. New York University's John Brademas Center in Washington, D.C. hosted this program.
10:00 PM EDTApprox. 50 min.American Artifacts "Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms" ExhibitIn his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known ... In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known as the "Four Freedoms": freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. To represent these ideals, Norman Rockwell created paintings which became highly successful promotional posters for World War II war bonds. George Washington University Museum director and art historian John Wetenhall led us on tour of a Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibit which explores these paintings, Rockwell's career, the 75th anniversary of World War II, and contemporary works by artists reinterpreting the Four Freedoms. 10:50 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.Pioneer Mother Statues & MonumentsUniversity of North Dakota history professor Cynthia Culver Prescott talked about her book, ... University of North Dakota history professor Cynthia Culver Prescott talked about her book, "Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory." She highlighted some of the Kansas City area statues and monuments of pioneer mothers at this event at the Kansas City Public Library.
Monday, September 16
12:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.The Presidency FDR & Presidential Adviser Robert JacksonWilliam Casto talked about FDR's relationship with Robert Jackson, who served during his ... William Casto talked about FDR's relationship with Robert Jackson, who served during his administration as solicitor general, attorney general and as a Supreme Court justice. Mr. Casto is the author of, "Advising the President: Attorney General Robert H. Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt." The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum hosted this program. 12:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Library of Congress in the Digital AgeLibrarian of Congress Carla Hayden talked with journalist Ray Suarez about running the library in ... Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talked with journalist Ray Suarez about running the library in the digital age. New York University's John Brademas Center in Washington, D.C. hosted this program. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 29 min.Reel America 1972 McGovern for President Campaign FilmThis 1972 campaign film paid for by the McGovern for President Committee features Democratic ... This 1972 campaign film paid for by the McGovern for President Committee features Democratic nominee Sen. George McGovern (D-South Dakota) as he meets a variety of voters across the United States who are struggling with economic problems. Profiled are senior citizens, a Baltimore steelworker, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, an unemployed engineer, and Vietnam veterans.
2:29 AM EDTApprox. 31 min.Reel America "Ronald Reagan, Citizen Governor" - 1968This Citizens for Reagan Committee film promotes the California governor for the 1968 Republican ... This Citizens for Reagan Committee film promotes the California governor for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. The film traces Reagan's post-war activities as a labor leader and spokesperson for General Electric, then uses clips of speeches to celebrate his accomplishments in office and his conservative approach to government. Ronald Reagan lost the 1968 nomination to the eventual winner of the general election, Richard Nixon. 3:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Shakespeare & U.S. PoliticsShakespeare enthusiast and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Chief Counsel Michael Evans ... Shakespeare enthusiast and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Democratic Chief Counsel Michael Evans discussed how the Bard has been invoked in historic congressional debates, and the political lessons that might be learned from his plays, especially the tragedies. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this program. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.American Artifacts "Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms" ExhibitIn his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known ... In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known as the "Four Freedoms": freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. To represent these ideals, Norman Rockwell created paintings which became highly successful promotional posters for World War II war bonds. George Washington University Museum director and art historian John Wetenhall led us on tour of a Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibit which explores these paintings, Rockwell's career, the 75th anniversary of World War II, and contemporary works by artists reinterpreting the Four Freedoms.
4:50 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Pioneer Mother Statues & MonumentsUniversity of North Dakota history professor Cynthia Culver Prescott talked about her book, ... University of North Dakota history professor Cynthia Culver Prescott talked about her book, "Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory." She highlighted some of the Kansas City area statues and monuments of pioneer mothers at this event at the Kansas City Public Library. 5:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.The Presidency FDR & Presidential Adviser Robert JacksonWilliam Casto talked about FDR's relationship with Robert Jackson, who served during his ... William Casto talked about FDR's relationship with Robert Jackson, who served during his administration as solicitor general, attorney general and as a Supreme Court justice. Mr. Casto is the author of, "Advising the President: Attorney General Robert H. Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt." The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum hosted this program. 6:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Library of Congress in the Digital AgeLibrarian of Congress Carla Hayden talked with journalist Ray Suarez about running the library in ... Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talked with journalist Ray Suarez about running the library in the digital age. New York University's John Brademas Center in Washington, D.C. hosted this program.