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historian Victor Davis Hanson teaches a class on World War II
leadership as a Hillsdale College visiting professor. He focuses on the
relationship between President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill, as well as the combined efforts of American
and British civilian and military officials to defeat Nazi Germany.
“Had (Tojo) and Mussolini
and Hitler had the relationship of Roosevelt and Churchill, even
Stalin, that would have been quite frightening. ... Each of these
people have this exalted view of themselves that makes it very hard
to have relations with other people. They're not prone to it, and
then autocracy — and dictatorship by nature — seems to be a very
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
& Health Administration 50th Anniversary
on Reel America®
passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970 and President
Nixon signed the bill into law. On Reel America, we mark the
50th anniversary with three OSHA films released in 1980 by the Carter
administration, which were later recalled by the Reagan administration
in 1981. We begin with occupational safety and health consultant Mark
Catlin, who helped preserve the films and make them available to the
Author Gregg Cantrell talks about his book, The
People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American
Liberalism. He describes the 1890s origins of the
People's Party, their political goals and populism's legacy today.
The Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist
University hosted this event.
As President Biden begins his new administration, we look back to
past presidential transitions and inaugurations. First, White House
Historical Association historians Matthew Costello and Colleen
Shogan look at the five most noteworthy inaugural addresses in
American history. Featured are the speeches of Thomas Jefferson,
Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald
Reagan. Then, we'll hear from two former officials about the
transitions and inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.
a new C-SPAN podcast
Brian Lamb interviewed author and historian Richard Norton Smith for
a NEW 22-part podcast, Talking With… Join them as
they discuss everything from U.S. presidents to hurricanes.
Download wherever you get your podcasts and learn more here.
TV in Prime Time
Join American History TV in prime time next
week. Tune in starting at 8 pm ET.
Monday — Labor History
We'll feature our Reel America program on the
50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Tuesday — History Through Photographs
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly talks with
historian Jon Meacham about his more than 50-year-long photography
career. Among the topics: Mr. Kennerly's time as President Gerald
Ford's chief White House photographer and his most iconic
photographs. The Center for Creative Photography at the University of
Arizona and Bank of America hosted this event.
Wednesday — Latino History
From American History TV's History Bookshelf series, Ray Suarez talks
about his book, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy
That Shaped a Nation. The book is a companion volume to
the 2013 PBS documentary series. The Council of the Americas'
Washington, D.C., office hosted this event.
Thursday — American West
Tune in for a re-air of Sunday's program about populism in 1890s
Friday — American Artifacts - African American History
Since the 1970s, David Pilgrim has collected everyday objects that
mock and dehumanize African Americans. The founder and director of
the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia argues that although the
artifacts are offensive, they can be used as teaching tools to
promote conversation and understanding. Via Zoom, we visited the
museum at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, to see a
selection of their artifacts.
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