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Taylor University professor Benjamin Wetzel teaches a class on Theodore Roosevelt's life and political career. He looks at Roosevelt's rise in New York politics, his presidency and his post-presidency international explorations.
“When word leaked out that the president had sat down as an equal, basically, with a Black man in the White House (Booker T. Washington), the white South exploded in rage. ... Though he defended his actions and said he would do it as often as he pleased, he never did it again as president.”
First Ladies in Their Own Words: Laura
We continue this series with Laura Bush, in her own words. In this special series airing each Saturday on The Presidency, we hear from first ladies from Lady Bird Johnson to Melania Trump on the role of first lady, their time in the White House and the issues important to them. We’ll wrap up the series over the next few weeks with former first ladies Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.
Coming up Sunday on Q&A: April 15 marks the 75th anniversary of the day that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Since 2004, April 15 has been known in the baseball world as "Jackie Robinson Day," in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers player. We talked with Kostya Kennedy, former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, about Jackie Robinson's life and career. In his new book, True, Mr. Kennedy writes about four significant years in Robinson's life: 1946, when he started in the minor leagues; 1949, when he was named National League MVP; 1956, his final year playing baseball; and 1972, the year of his untimely death. Tune in at 8 pm ET Sunday on C-SPAN.
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Booknotes+ Emma Camp is a 22-year-old senior at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, home of Thomas Jefferson. In 2020, she wrote in the school newspaper: "The first amendment does not exist to protect reasonable opinions — it exists to protect the unreasonable, the offensive, and the unpopular." In March, she moved her opinions to a national platform, the New York Times op-ed page, writing, "I went to college to learn from my professors and peers. I welcomed an environment that champions intellectual diversity and rigorous disagreement. Instead, my college experience has been defined by strict ideological conformity." Booknotes+ talks to her about that statement. Listen now onBooknotes+.
The Weekly One way to mark Opening Day of the new Major League Baseball season is to remember the 2005 House hearing into alleged steroid abuse and cheating. In the latest episode of The Weekly, hear what some of baseball's biggest stars told Congress about steroid use among Major League players — and how important it is to be a role model for kids. Today, none of those stars are in the Hall of Fame. Listen now onThe
Explore our nation's past and 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.