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BBC's Godfrey Hodgson sat down with President Ronald Reagan in the
spring of 1988 — late in his second term. In this wide-ranging Oval
Office conversation, the president talked about his work to restore
the economy after he first came to office, his vision for U.S.-Soviet
relations and arms control, the Iran-Contra controversy, his belief
that he'd helped Americans regain faith in their country, and the
assassination attempt that left him seriously wounded.
“(After the assassination attempt) I got all the way
to the hospital and walked into the emergency room and, when the
nurse came to meet me, I said, ‘I’m having trouble breathing.’ I
didn't know I'd been shot.”
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
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As the U.S. withdraws military and diplomatic personnel from
Afghanistan, we look back over nearly 40 years at that country's
1982: The Struggle for Freedom Continues”
1982: The Struggle for Freedom Continues" is a U.S. Information
Agency film that chronicles the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of
A New Generation” (1987)
A New Generation" is a U.S. Information Agency report from 1987
on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. This video from the National
Archives focuses on the challenges facing Afghan refugees who grew to
adulthood under the Soviet occupation. Featured are refugee camp
schools in Pakistan, Mujahideen fighters, health clinics and the
efforts of international aid workers.
CIA Officer in Afghanistan After 9/11
CIA officer Duane Evans talks about his book, Foxtrot in
Kandahar, which recounts his tour of duty in southern
Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
If you research the origins of critical race theory, one of the names
you'll find is Derrick Bell (1930-2011), Harvard Law School's first
black tenured professor. Professor Bell appeared on Booknotes
in 1992 to talk about his book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well:
The Permanence of Racism. In this excerpt from that
program, he talks about the status of Black Americans and his
personal experiences with racism.
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AMERICAN HISTORY TV IN PRIME TIME
Tune in to C-SPAN3 every evening next week for more
American History TV programming. Programs start at 8 pm ET. Below are
— African American Troops The
Civil War: African Americans and the Union Army
Religious Influence on U.S. Politics
— World War II
1942 Battles of Midway and El Alamein
— Ronald Reagan The
Presidency: Ronald and Nancy Reagan Interview
— Journalists Oral
Histories: Vietnam War Correspondent Joseph Galloway
Discover the people and events that document the American story —
Saturdays on C-SPAN2. Come along with American History TV to
museums and historic sites. Watch archival speeches from former
presidents and other national leaders. Visit classrooms, lectures
and symposiums featuring professors and historians.