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Juneteenth & Free Black Marriage on The Civil War
Watch it: 6 pm ET Saturday
Author Tera Hunter speaks with the co-editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era about the significance of Juneteenth and her book, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century. Ms. Hunter explains the difference between the Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth, as well as how freed people navigated family ties and relationships after the war.
Electoral Collegeon Lectures in History®
Watch it: 8 pm and midnight ET Saturday
University of Utah political science professor James Curry teaches a class about the creation of the Electoral College and explains how it works as a part of the presidential election process. Professor Curry taught the class prior to this year's vice presidential debate, which took place Oct. 7 at the university.
on Reel America®
Watch it: 10 pm ET Saturday, 4 pm ET Sunday
Thomas Jefferson & the White Houseon The Presidency
Watch it: 8 pm and midnight ET Sunday
Monday — U.S. Military
The U.S. entered World War I in April 1917, but it was a year later when American Army soldiers and Marines saw their first major combat on the Western Front. We travel to northeastern France with historian Mitchell Yockelson to tour two battlefields where American and French forces fought in the spring of 1918 to stop a German offensive toward Paris. First, we visit the Chateau-Thierry Monument about 60 miles from Paris to learn why U.S. forces were in the region, and how they helped the French. Then we travel to Belleau Wood Marine Monument to learn about the battle, in which French troops, American doughboys and U.S. Marines fought the Germans.
Tuesday — End of World War II
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, and we look back at the Allied victories in both the European and Pacific theaters. First, Rick Atkinson, author of The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, discusses the German surrender on May 8, 1945. Then an hour later, Ian Toll, author of Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, talks about the August 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the subsequent Japanese surrender.
Wednesday – Veterans Day
Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, the date in 1918 when hostilities ceased between the Allied nations and Germany to end World War I. We begin with military historian Patrick O'Donnell on his book, The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home, which chronicles the combat stories of the eight men who escorted the unknown soldier's remains to Arlington National Cemetery.
Thursday — African American History
Public historians talk about the history of African American voting rights, explaining the various ways their historic sites and organizations present and share this history. This discussion was part of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's annual conference earlier this fall.
Friday — Pandemics & Disease
The 1918 flu pandemic altered American life in ways that are familiar to those living through the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Conflicting information left people wary and fearful, college classes were held outside, sports were canceled, masks were challenged as un-American and fines were imposed on those who refused to wear them. The Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas hosts Christopher McKnight Nichols, who recounts how the country experienced the events of a century ago and the lessons we might learn. He directs Oregon State University's Center for the Humanities.