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Mark Clague, professor of musicology and
American culture at the University of Michigan, discusses the
evolution of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Clague describes
how the ballad became the nation's sole anthem and the controversy
that came with it. He alsoexamines the ways
in which the hymn has evolved.
"The most important word in the lyric
is the word “Y-o-u,” the “O say can you see?”... When I sing it or
when I'm a part of the ritual, it puts you as the person in the
audience, sometimes the singer, but really all of us collectively,
we’re in some ways called together as a community but we’re also
called as an individual."
Clague on how the National Anthem embodies
In her book “Duty beyond
the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift,
Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870–1920,” professor
and author, Le'Trice Donaldson, examines how African
American soldiers used their military service to advance their civil
discusses the struggle for soldiers to acquire the rights of
full citizenship after serving during the Civil War and World War I.
She also expands on how Black nationalism and the "New
Negro" movement were both inspired by the efforts of African
American soldiers from the 1870s to the 1920s.
Also on AHTV Saturday
Mary McLeod Bethune
Congressional Statue Dedication
A statue honoring educator and civil
rights activist Mary Mcleod Bethune was unveiled at theCapitol
on July 13, 2022. Bethune was an advisor to Presidents
Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S.
Truman. Throughout her life, she stressed the belief that education
was essential to racial advancement. Congressional leaders Nancy
Pelosi and Mitch McConnell
were among the speakers at the unveiling. Tune in at 3 pm ET Saturday
Zunz, "The Man Who Understood Democracy" Historian and author Olivier Zunz
examined the life of French aristocrat Alexis de
Tocqueville and his Democratic principles. In his
groundbreaking autobiography, Zunz explores
Tocqueville's radical ideas that led him to
fight for equality and liberty in France. Tune in at 6 pm ET Saturday
happened this week in history?
August 21, 1831: In the early morning hours,
Nat Turner successfully rounded up a small group of enslaved people
and led what would become the bloodiest and largest slave rebellion
in United States history. Nat Turner was an enslaved African American
born on a plantation in Southampton County, Virginia. He was a deeply
committed Christian and believed to have received messages from God
through visions and signs in nature. The revolt resulted in the death
of more than 60 white Virginians and up to 200 free and enslaved
people were massacred in retaliation. Two days later, the revolt was
suppressed sending Turner into hiding for two months before he was
discovered by a farmer.
The rebellion of Nat Turner changed the course of American history.
As a result, Legislative laws known as the Black Codes were created
to further restrict enslaved people.
18, 1920: The 19th amendment to the
Constitution was ratified 42 years after the women's suffrage
amendment was proposed. The 36th and final state to ratify was
21, 1959: Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation
admitting Hawaii as the 50th state. The Aloha State officially joined
the Union after Congress passed the Hawaii Admission Act and
Hawaiians approved a statehood referendum earlier that year.
20, 1975: Viking 1 rocketed into space on its
500-million-mile journey to Mars. During its six-year exploration of
Mars, Viking 1 was the first lander to touch down on the surface.
Coming up Sunday on
In August we'll showcase some of the best of Q&A,
this week: In "Taking Paris," author
Dugard discusses how The French Resistance
movement brought together armed men and women to fight against the
German occupation during the invasion in 1940. Following the German
takeover, they played a crucial role in facilitating Allies' aid
efforts in France.
The reader is taken on a journey through decisions made by Winston
Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, General George S. Patton,
and the exiled French General Charles de Gaulle during the
occupation to help France regain its freedom from the Nazis. Tune
in at 8 pm ET Sunday on C-SPAN
Featured C-SPAN Podcasts
The idea of making
America great again has been used by Republican presidents and
presidential candidates for years. However, Donald Trump made it
In the part-two episode of C-SPAN's The Weekly, we
look at Republican presidents and presidential candidates
highlighting their commitment to "Make America Great
now on The Weekly
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