Friday, February 5, 2021

World War II Leadership; Populists in 1890s Texas on C-Span this weekend

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World War II Leadership
on Lectures in History®

Watch it: 8 pm and midnight ET Saturday


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Military 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 suspicious system.”




Occupational Safety & Health Administration 50th Anniversary
on Reel America

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


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Congress 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 public. 



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Populists in 1890s Texas

Watch it: 1:05 pm ET Sunday

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.


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Transitions & Inaugurations
on The Presidency

Watch it: 8 pm and midnight ET Sunday

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.

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American History 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 Texas.

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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