Friday, August 19, 2022




American History TV — Saturdays on C-SPAN2

AUGUST 20, 2022 




Professor Mark Clague discusses "O Say Can You Hear?"

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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 also examines 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."  

—Mark Clague on how the National Anthem embodies community 



Le'Trice Donaldson, "Duty Beyond the Battlefield" 

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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 rights.

Donaldson 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 the Capitol on July 13, 2022Bethune 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

Olivier 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


What 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.

August 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 Tennessee.

August 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.

August 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 C-SPAN


In August we'll showcase some of the best of Q&A, this weekIn "Taking Paris," author Martin 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





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