Saturday, June 20, 2020

Join the LIVE Conversation on the Korean War's 70th Anniversary

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Korean War 70th Anniversary

Watch it: LIVE at 9 am ET Sunday

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War erupted between North and South Korea 70 years ago on June 25, 1950. American History TV and Washington Journal look back at the division of the country along the 38th parallel after World War II, its role in the Cold War, and the conflict that led to the deaths of more than 36,000 Americans from 1950 to 1953. Joining us to take viewer calls and tweets is ­­­Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Hanley, author of Ghost Flames: Life & Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950-53.

Korean War Films
on Reel America®

Watch it: 10 pm ET Saturday and 4 pm ET Sunday

Over the course of two hours, we feature four U.S. government films that tell the story of the Korean War. First up is "To Help Peace Survive," a 1974 Defense Department orientation film for soldiers assigned to South Korea. It covers events beginning in World War II that led to the conflict, then shows what life was like for soldiers assigned to the peninsula.

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Korean War Veteran Allen Clark
on Oral Histories

Watch it: 7 pm and 11 pm ET Sunday

For the next several weeks, American History TV will show oral history interviews recorded by the Korean War Legacy Foundation. In 2015, Allen Clark shared his experiences serving two tours in Korea with the U.S. Marine Corps between 1950 and 1953.

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“There I was in the middle of a firefight with a jammed rifle. I looked around and there was a Marine who had been hit and he wasn't moving. ... I picked up his carbine, went to his pocket and got some ammunition and continued to fight.”—ALLEN CLARK

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Monday-WednesdayFirst Ladies

We continue the first season of First Ladies: Influence and Image, each night featuring the biographies of some of the women who served in this role. From February 2013 to February 2014, C-SPAN — in cooperation with the White House Historical Association — produced this feature series examining the first ladies' private lives and the public roles they played in the White House. On Monday, we feature Julia Grant and Lucy Hayes; on Tuesday, Lucretia Garfield, Mary Arthur McElroy and Frances Cleveland; and on Wednesday, Caroline Harrison and Ida McKinley. Learn more about the series here, including where to buy the series' accompanying book, First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women.

ThursdayKorean War 70th Anniversary

We'll re-air our co-production with Washington Journal on the anniversary of the Korean War featuring journalist Charles Hanley.


On a night of programs about espionage, we begin with Paul Kix talking about his book, The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando, which chronicles the World War II exploits of Robert de La Rochefoucauld.