American History TV Schedule

Week of May 4 through May 11

All times and durations are subject to change

Saturday, May 8
7:50 AM EDTApprox. 11 min.Museum of the Great LakesThe Museum of the Great Lakes is dedicated to telling the boating history of the Great Lakes. It's ... The Museum of the Great Lakes is dedicated to telling the boating history of the Great Lakes. It's located on the Maumee River, just downstream of Lake Erie. Carrie Sowden, the Museum's Archeological Director, explained how the lakes have had a cultural and economic impact on North America. 8:01 AM EDTApprox. 16 min.Reel America "It's Everybody's War" - 1942Narrated by actor Henry Fonda, this film dramatizes the gradual realization by a town's citizens ... Narrated by actor Henry Fonda, this film dramatizes the gradual realization by a town's citizens that they must contribute to the war effort. Prior to Pearl Harbor, the local National Guard unit is called to active duty in the Pacific, but the citizens do not contribute to the war effort until after several of the hometown men are killed. This short propaganda film was nominated for a 1943 Academy Award, and includes derogatory terms about the Japanese that some viewers may find offensive. 8:17 AM EDTApprox. 58 min.Reel America "Moscow Strikes Back" - 1942Originally a Soviet film on the World War II Battle of Moscow titled "Rout of the German troops ... Originally a Soviet film on the World War II Battle of Moscow titled "Rout of the German troops near Moscow," this English language version was widely distributed in American theaters. Narrated by actor Edward G. Robinson, the film won a 1943 Academy Award. The documentary begins in October of 1941 with citizens bracing for an attack on the Soviet capital, and traces events through January of 1942 - when counterattacks led to the German retreat. This film includes graphic scenes of war that some viewers may find disturbing.
9:15 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.The Presidency Dwight D. Eisenhower and the HolocaustGeneral Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered that the horrors of the Holocaust be documented as World War ... General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered that the horrors of the Holocaust be documented as World War II came to an end, determined that the evidence be preserved for future generations. It was a signature move by the man who later occupied the White House. His granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower, talked about what led Ike to this decision. She's the author of "How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hosted this conversation and provided the video. 10:00 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts Grand Review ParadeCivil War living historians and re-enactors recreated a May 1865 parade of the Grand Army of the ... Civil War living historians and re-enactors recreated a May 1865 parade of the Grand Army of the Republic down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to Freedom Plaza near the White House. Participants included groups representing the U.S. Colored Troops and descendants of these troops who were not permitted to march in the original parade 150 years ago. 10:30 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.Oral Histories Vietnam War POW Leon EllisLeon Ellis served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. His plane was shot down during a ... Leon Ellis served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. His plane was shot down during a bombing run and he was held in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war for five years. Mr. Ellis recounted his years in captivity including the torture he endured. This interview is part of the Veterans History Project conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center.
12:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.The Presidency First Ladies & Civil RightsMichelle Obama moved into the White House 45 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson shepherded ... Michelle Obama moved into the White House 45 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson shepherded the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Seven of her predecessors had moved in to the executive residence with enslaved servants. This panel discussion looked at how first ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama interacted with the racial politics of their times -- and the long history, dating back to Abigail Adams, of their efforts to promote civil rights for all. The National Archives Foundation hosted this event and provided the video. 1:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Q&A Julia Sweig, "Lady Bird Johnson"Julia Sweig talked about the influence Lady Bird Johnson had on Lyndon Johnson's decision-making, ... Julia Sweig talked about the influence Lady Bird Johnson had on Lyndon Johnson's decision-making, both before and during his presidency. She also discussed Mrs. Johnson's accomplishments as first lady and her life after LBJ's death. Julia Sweig is the author of "Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight" and a senior research fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. 2:00 PM EDTApprox. 2 hr.Oral Histories Vietnam War Veteran Oliver HalleOliver Halle served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on a swift boat crew used to patrol ... Oliver Halle served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on a swift boat crew used to patrol the coast and rivers to intercept munitions being trafficked by the North Vietnamese. He recalled his experiences while on patrol and his exposure to Agent Orange. This interview is from the Veterans History Project, and was conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center.
4:00 PM EDTApprox. 54 min.History Bookshelf Kellie Carter Jackson, "Force and Freedom"Wellesley College Africana Studies Professor Kellie Carter Jackson provided a history of the use ... Wellesley College Africana Studies Professor Kellie Carter Jackson provided a history of the use of violence by black abolitionists. She was joined in conversation by New York University Professor Steve Hahn. 4:54 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 6 min.Santa Fe Trail BridesSanta Fe Trail Association co-founder Joy Poole discussed the experiences of young women who ... Santa Fe Trail Association co-founder Joy Poole discussed the experiences of young women who traveled along the over 800 mile-long Santa Fe Trail with their husbands. She explored their time on the trail as well as their lives once they arrived in the Southwest. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event and provided the video. 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 9 min.The Civil War Robert E. Lee & Battle of ChancellorsvilleMany historians consider the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville to be Confederate General Robert E. ... Many historians consider the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville to be Confederate General Robert E. Lee's greatest victory. Facing a Union Army more than twice the size of his own, Lee divided his forces, sending General "Stonewall" Jackson on a daring flank attack that turned the tide of the fight. Author Kristopher White discussed the battle and detailed Lee's strategy. He also looked at what the victory cost Lee in terms of men and officers lost and the consequences for the Army of Northern Virginia going forward This talk was part of a symposium hosted by the "Emerging Civil War" blog.
7:09 PM EDTApprox. 50 min.Jack Wilpers & Hideki Tojo ArrestOn September 11, 1945, Army Officer Jack Wilpers and others barged into the home of former ... On September 11, 1945, Army Officer Jack Wilpers and others barged into the home of former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo to arrest him. They found him bleeding from a gunshot wound in an attempted suicide. With the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, Tojo was the last major Axis leader of World War II. Former Associated Press reporter Chris Carola recalled his interviews with Jack Wilpers as he remembered the chaos of that day and the media attention that followed. This program is hosted by the MacArthur Memorial, who also provided the video. 7:59 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.Lectures in History 1970s American Car Culture & FilmUniversity of Dayton professors John Heitmann and Todd Uhlman taught a class about 1970s American ... University of Dayton professors John Heitmann and Todd Uhlman taught a class about 1970s American car culture and films of the era. Using examples like "Easy Rider," "American Graffiti" and "Badlands," they argued these films reflected many Americans' disillusionment and glorified the open road as a way to take back control in the face of societal changes. They also talked about the impact of oil shortages, the rise of coast-to-coast races called "Cannonball Runs," and the popularity of trucker movies and music. 9:14 PM EDTApprox. 45 min.African American Soldiers & World War IIDuring World War II, over one million African Americans served in the armed forces. Washington ... During World War II, over one million African Americans served in the armed forces. Washington Post writer DeNeen Brown and education consultant Lynn Williams discussed the challenges these soldiers faced. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hosted this discussion titled, "Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Americans Who Served." The museum provided the video.
9:59 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.Reel America "A Time for Peace" - 1972This U.S. Information Agency film documents President Nixon's historic 1972 trips to the People's ... This U.S. Information Agency film documents President Nixon's historic 1972 trips to the People's Republic of China, Soviet Union, Iran, Poland, and Austria. The President traveled to China in February, and to the other countries in May of 1972. These were the first American presidential visits to China, Moscow, and Poland. The diplomatic effort in the USSR resulted in the signing of several environmental, medical, space, and nuclear arms agreements by President Nixon and Soviet leaders. 10:29 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 20 min.Remembering John LewisBiographer Jon Meacham, author of "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope" was ... Biographer Jon Meacham, author of "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope" was joined by two former chiefs of staff to the late congressman and civil rights leader to discuss his life and legacy. Part of Washington National Cathedral's "Honest to God" conversation series, the Cathedral hosted this event and provided the video. 11:49 PM EDTApprox. 11 min.Nevada MiningMining is the largest industry in rural Nevada. Garrett Barmore, Museum Curator at the W.M. Keck ... Mining is the largest industry in rural Nevada. Garrett Barmore, Museum Curator at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum shares its history and the impact mining had on the city of Reno and the state.
Sunday, May 9
12:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.Lectures in History 1970s American Car Culture & FilmUniversity of Dayton professors John Heitmann and Todd Uhlman taught a class about 1970s American ... University of Dayton professors John Heitmann and Todd Uhlman taught a class about 1970s American car culture and films of the era. Using examples like "Easy Rider," "American Graffiti" and "Badlands," they argued these films reflected many Americans' disillusionment and glorified the open road as a way to take back control in the face of societal changes. They also talked about the impact of oil shortages, the rise of coast-to-coast races called "Cannonball Runs," and the popularity of trucker movies and music. 1:15 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.African American Soldiers & World War IIDuring World War II, over one million African Americans served in the armed forces. Washington ... During World War II, over one million African Americans served in the armed forces. Washington Post writer DeNeen Brown and education consultant Lynn Williams discussed the challenges these soldiers faced. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hosted this discussion titled, "Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Americans Who Served." The museum provided the video. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.History Bookshelf Kellie Carter Jackson, "Force and Freedom"Wellesley College Africana Studies Professor Kellie Carter Jackson provided a history of the use ... Wellesley College Africana Studies Professor Kellie Carter Jackson provided a history of the use of violence by black abolitionists. She was joined in conversation by New York University Professor Steve Hahn.
2:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Santa Fe Trail BridesSanta Fe Trail Association co-founder Joy Poole discussed the experiences of young women who ... Santa Fe Trail Association co-founder Joy Poole discussed the experiences of young women who traveled along the over 800 mile-long Santa Fe Trail with their husbands. She explored their time on the trail as well as their lives once they arrived in the Southwest. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event and provided the video. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.The Civil War Robert E. Lee & Battle of ChancellorsvilleMany historians consider the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville to be Confederate General Robert E. ... Many historians consider the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville to be Confederate General Robert E. Lee's greatest victory. Facing a Union Army more than twice the size of his own, Lee divided his forces, sending General "Stonewall" Jackson on a daring flank attack that turned the tide of the fight. Author Kristopher White discussed the battle and detailed Lee's strategy. He also looked at what the victory cost Lee in terms of men and officers lost and the consequences for the Army of Northern Virginia going forward This talk was part of a symposium hosted by the "Emerging Civil War" blog. 5:10 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.Jack Wilpers & Hideki Tojo ArrestOn September 11, 1945, Army Officer Jack Wilpers and others barged into the home of former ... On September 11, 1945, Army Officer Jack Wilpers and others barged into the home of former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo to arrest him. They found him bleeding from a gunshot wound in an attempted suicide. With the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, Tojo was the last major Axis leader of World War II. Former Associated Press reporter Chris Carola recalled his interviews with Jack Wilpers as he remembered the chaos of that day and the media attention that followed. This program is hosted by the MacArthur Memorial, who also provided the video.
6:00 AM EDTApprox. 2 hr.Oral Histories Vietnam War Veteran Oliver HalleOliver Halle served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on a swift boat crew used to patrol ... Oliver Halle served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on a swift boat crew used to patrol the coast and rivers to intercept munitions being trafficked by the North Vietnamese. He recalled his experiences while on patrol and his exposure to Agent Orange. This interview is from the Veterans History Project, and was conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center. 8:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.History Bookshelf Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, "When Women Invented Television"Jennifer Keishin Armstrong discussed her book, "When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story ... Jennifer Keishin Armstrong discussed her book, "When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today," which looks at the stars and creative forces of television in the 1940s and early 1950s. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event and provided the video. 9:15 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.History Bookshelf Sally Bedell Smith, "Elizabeth The Queen"Sally Bedell Smith recounts the life of Queen Elizabeth II who ascended the British throne in 1952 ... Sally Bedell Smith recounts the life of Queen Elizabeth II who ascended the British throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five. The author examines the queen's public and personal life, from her weekly meetings with the twelve British prime ministers who have served during her reign, to her sixty-four year marriage to Prince Phillip and her relationships with her children and grandchildren. Sally Bedell Smith responded to questions from members of the audience at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.
10:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 15 min.The Civil War Library of Congress Civil War ManuscriptsMichelle Krowl is a Civil War and Reconstruction specialist with the Library of Congress ... Michelle Krowl is a Civil War and Reconstruction specialist with the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. She talked about the library's collection and shared illustrated letters home from Union Army soldier-artist Charles Wellington Reed. She also showed samples from postwar left-handed penmanship contests for veterans whose right arms were amputated during the conflict. Ashley Whitehead Luskey conducted the interview for the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, which provided this video. 11:15 AM EDTApprox. 45 min.Women Spies of World War IIEntertainer Josephine Baker, Baltimore resident Virginia Hall, and Muslim pacifist Noor Khan were ... Entertainer Josephine Baker, Baltimore resident Virginia Hall, and Muslim pacifist Noor Khan were recruited as spies during World War II. CIA Museum Deputy Director Janelle Neises and professor Elizabeth Baer discussed the important role these women played and how they were able to use prejudice and sexism to their advantage. This event was hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and they provided the video. 12:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.The Presidency Grover Cleveland's 1884 ElectionUniversity of Kentucky professor Mark Summers told the story of Democrat Grover Cleveland's 1884 ... University of Kentucky professor Mark Summers told the story of Democrat Grover Cleveland's 1884 election over Republican James G. Blaine. Both candidates faced moral questions during the campaign -- Cleveland that he fathered an illegitimate child and Blaine that he used his congressional position for corrupt purposes. But, in the end, Cleveland's reform-minded ideas on the civil service system and money in politics prevailed in one of the most closely contested races in U.S. history. Southern Methodist University's Center for Presidential History hosted this event and provided the video.
1:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Smallpox & the First VaccineIn 1796, Dr. Edward Jenner created the world's first vaccine to combat the smallpox virus, a ... In 1796, Dr. Edward Jenner created the world's first vaccine to combat the smallpox virus, a highly contagious disease that killed on average 30 percent of those infected. Karen Sherry gave the history of the vaccine's development and looked at some of the controversies surrounding its distribution. She's an exhibitions curator at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, which provided this video. 2:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 9 min.Oral Histories Vietnam War Veteran Charlotte HenryCharlotte Henry was a U.S. Air Force dog handler during the Vietnam War. She remembered some of ... Charlotte Henry was a U.S. Air Force dog handler during the Vietnam War. She remembered some of the dogs she trained and nights patrolling the base perimeter. She also discussed her struggles with gender identity while serving in Vietnam and the effect it had on her mental health. This interview is from the Veterans History Project, and was conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center. 3:09 PM EDTApprox. 52 min.Lesser Known Battles of World War IIWorld War II scholars Gerhard Weinberg and Michael Neiberg talk about the important role smaller ... World War II scholars Gerhard Weinberg and Michael Neiberg talk about the important role smaller battlefronts outside of the European and the Pacific Theaters played in outcome of the war, particularly campaigns in the Indian Ocean and Ethiopia. They then take audience questions. This discussion was part of an annual conference hosted by the National World War II Museum, and they provided this video.
4:01 PM EDTApprox. 29 min.Reel America "A Time for Peace" - 1972This U.S. Information Agency film documents President Nixon's historic 1972 trips to the People's ... This U.S. Information Agency film documents President Nixon's historic 1972 trips to the People's Republic of China, Soviet Union, Iran, Poland, and Austria. The President traveled to China in February, and to the other countries in May of 1972. These were the first American presidential visits to China, Moscow, and Poland. The diplomatic effort in the USSR resulted in the signing of several environmental, medical, space, and nuclear arms agreements by President Nixon and Soviet leaders. 4:30 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 19 min.Remembering John LewisBiographer Jon Meacham, author of "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope" was ... Biographer Jon Meacham, author of "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope" was joined by two former chiefs of staff to the late congressman and civil rights leader to discuss his life and legacy. Part of Washington National Cathedral's "Honest to God" conversation series, the Cathedral hosted this event and provided the video. 5:49 PM EDTApprox. 11 min.Col. James M. SchoonmakerThe lake freighter Col. James M. Schoonmaker launched in 1911. At the time, it was the largest ... The lake freighter Col. James M. Schoonmaker launched in 1911. At the time, it was the largest ship on the Great Lakes. Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, took us on a tour of the 617 foot-long ship that carried materials like coal, steel and grain across the Great Lakes.
6:00 PM EDTApprox. 29 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 1Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in ... Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in America to a group of college students. The group visited the Chinese Historical Society of America, then took a tour through the streets of Chinatown. This is part one of a three part program. 6:29 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 2Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in ... Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in America to a group of college students. He described how Chinese migrant laborers arrived in California during the Gold Rush, how they helped build the transcontinental railroad, and why anti-Chinese sentiment emerged in the late 19th century. This program was the second part of the group's visit to the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and is part two of the three-part program. 6:59 PM EDTApprox. 31 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 3Historian Charlie Chin took a group of college students on a walking tour of Chinatown in San ... Historian Charlie Chin took a group of college students on a walking tour of Chinatown in San Francisco, California. He described the 1906 earthquake, the development of businesses in Chinatown, and how the area is still an entry point for new immigrants from China. This program is the third of a three-part series on the Chinese in America.
7:30 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.The Constitution & Equal RightsFollowing the end of the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed - each ... Following the end of the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed - each addressing the rights of the formally enslaved. Michael Bellesiles, author of "Inventing Equality: Reconstructing the Constitution in the Aftermath of the Civil War," examined the ideals expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the challenges the country has faced in trying to live up to those ideals. The National Archives provided the video for this program. 8:00 PM EDTApprox. 43 min.The Presidency Virginia PresidentsThis was a look at the eight Virginia-born presidents who led the nation from its 18th-century ... This was a look at the eight Virginia-born presidents who led the nation from its 18th-century origins and into the 20th century -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. Speaker William Rasmussen is the senior museum collections curator at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, which hosted this event and provided the video. 8:43 PM EDTApprox. 17 min.Bertrand Patenaude, "The Big Show in Bololand"Author Bertrand Patenaude shared the story of a US famine relief mission to Bolshevik Russia in ... Author Bertrand Patenaude shared the story of a US famine relief mission to Bolshevik Russia in 1921 that saved millions of lives in his book, "The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921."
9:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Q&A Karen Tumulty, "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan"Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty talked about "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan," her ... Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty talked about "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan," her biography of the former first lady. Ms. Tumulty discussed Mrs. Reagan's role as political adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a mother. She also talked about some of the causes Mrs. Reagan took up as first lady, including the fight against drugs and AIDS. 10:00 PM EDTApprox. 29 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 1Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in ... Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in America to a group of college students. The group visited the Chinese Historical Society of America, then took a tour through the streets of Chinatown. This is part one of a three part program. 10:29 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 2Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in ... Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in America to a group of college students. He described how Chinese migrant laborers arrived in California during the Gold Rush, how they helped build the transcontinental railroad, and why anti-Chinese sentiment emerged in the late 19th century. This program was the second part of the group's visit to the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and is part two of the three-part program.
10:59 PM EDTApprox. 31 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 3Historian Charlie Chin took a group of college students on a walking tour of Chinatown in San ... Historian Charlie Chin took a group of college students on a walking tour of Chinatown in San Francisco, California. He described the 1906 earthquake, the development of businesses in Chinatown, and how the area is still an entry point for new immigrants from China. This program is the third of a three-part series on the Chinese in America. 11:30 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.The Constitution & Equal RightsFollowing the end of the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed - each ... Following the end of the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed - each addressing the rights of the formally enslaved. Michael Bellesiles, author of "Inventing Equality: Reconstructing the Constitution in the Aftermath of the Civil War," examined the ideals expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the challenges the country has faced in trying to live up to those ideals. The National Archives provided the video for this program.
Monday, May 10
12:00 AM EDTApprox. 43 min.The Presidency Virginia PresidentsThis was a look at the eight Virginia-born presidents who led the nation from its 18th-century ... This was a look at the eight Virginia-born presidents who led the nation from its 18th-century origins and into the 20th century -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. Speaker William Rasmussen is the senior museum collections curator at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, which hosted this event and provided the video. 12:43 AM EDTApprox. 17 min.Bertrand Patenaude, "The Big Show in Bololand"Author Bertrand Patenaude shared the story of a US famine relief mission to Bolshevik Russia in ... Author Bertrand Patenaude shared the story of a US famine relief mission to Bolshevik Russia in 1921 that saved millions of lives in his book, "The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921." 1:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Q&A Karen Tumulty, "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan"Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty talked about "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan," her ... Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty talked about "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan," her biography of the former first lady. Ms. Tumulty discussed Mrs. Reagan's role as political adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a mother. She also talked about some of the causes Mrs. Reagan took up as first lady, including the fight against drugs and AIDS.
2:00 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.Reel America "A Time for Peace" - 1972This U.S. Information Agency film documents President Nixon's historic 1972 trips to the People's ... This U.S. Information Agency film documents President Nixon's historic 1972 trips to the People's Republic of China, Soviet Union, Iran, Poland, and Austria. The President traveled to China in February, and to the other countries in May of 1972. These were the first American presidential visits to China, Moscow, and Poland. The diplomatic effort in the USSR resulted in the signing of several environmental, medical, space, and nuclear arms agreements by President Nixon and Soviet leaders. 2:30 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 19 min.Remembering John LewisBiographer Jon Meacham, author of "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope" was ... Biographer Jon Meacham, author of "His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope" was joined by two former chiefs of staff to the late congressman and civil rights leader to discuss his life and legacy. Part of Washington National Cathedral's "Honest to God" conversation series, the Cathedral hosted this event and provided the video. 3:49 AM EDTApprox. 11 min.Col. James M. SchoonmakerThe lake freighter Col. James M. Schoonmaker launched in 1911. At the time, it was the largest ... The lake freighter Col. James M. Schoonmaker launched in 1911. At the time, it was the largest ship on the Great Lakes. Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, took us on a tour of the 617 foot-long ship that carried materials like coal, steel and grain across the Great Lakes.
4:00 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 1Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in ... Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in America to a group of college students. The group visited the Chinese Historical Society of America, then took a tour through the streets of Chinatown. This is part one of a three part program. 4:30 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 2Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in ... Historian Charlie Chin visited San Francisco's Chinatown and told the story of the Chinese in America to a group of college students. He described how Chinese migrant laborers arrived in California during the Gold Rush, how they helped build the transcontinental railroad, and why anti-Chinese sentiment emerged in the late 19th century. This program was the second part of the group's visit to the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and is part two of the three-part program. 5:00 AM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts The Chinese in America Part 3Historian Charlie Chin took a group of college students on a walking tour of Chinatown in San ... Historian Charlie Chin took a group of college students on a walking tour of Chinatown in San Francisco, California. He described the 1906 earthquake, the development of businesses in Chinatown, and how the area is still an entry point for new immigrants from China. This program is the third of a three-part series on the Chinese in America.
5:30 AM EDTApprox. 28 min.The Constitution & Equal RightsFollowing the end of the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed - each ... Following the end of the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed - each addressing the rights of the formally enslaved. Michael Bellesiles, author of "Inventing Equality: Reconstructing the Constitution in the Aftermath of the Civil War," examined the ideals expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the challenges the country has faced in trying to live up to those ideals. The National Archives provided the video for this program. 5:58 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 10 min.Oral Histories Vietnam War Veteran Charlotte HenryCharlotte Henry was a U.S. Air Force dog handler during the Vietnam War. She remembered some of ... Charlotte Henry was a U.S. Air Force dog handler during the Vietnam War. She remembered some of the dogs she trained and nights patrolling the base perimeter. She also discussed her struggles with gender identity while serving in Vietnam and the effect it had on her mental health. This interview is from the Veterans History Project, and was conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center. 7:08 AM EDTApprox. 52 min.Lesser Known Battles of World War IIWorld War II scholars Gerhard Weinberg and Michael Neiberg talk about the important role smaller ... World War II scholars Gerhard Weinberg and Michael Neiberg talk about the important role smaller battlefronts outside of the European and the Pacific Theaters played in outcome of the war, particularly campaigns in the Indian Ocean and Ethiopia. They then take audience questions. This discussion was part of an annual conference hosted by the National World War II Museum, and they provided this video.