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Speeches that Defined a Presidency—Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower

The Presidency

Watch: 9:30 pm ET Saturday and 12:30 am Sunday (2/26)


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This week on "Speeches That Defined a Presidency," watch as we take you through the 1950s and show you how two presidents spoke about important political issues of their time.

Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower both presided over the early years of the Cold War. This selection of their speeches includes Mr. Truman's 1949 inaugural address, and Ike's 1957 and 1961 speeches – on school integration in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the growing "military-industrial complex."


Black Women During Reconstruction


Lectures in History

Watch: 8 and 11 pm ET Saturday


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In the years following the American Civil War, the nation's attention centered on Reconstruction – on bringing the southern states back into full political participation in the Union, guaranteeing rights to former slaves and defining new relationships between Blacks and whites. 

This week, on Lectures in History, University of Maryland Eastern Shore history professor Arlisha Norwood teaches a class on the role black women played during the Civil War and Reconstruction. University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a historically black university located in Princess Anne, Maryland, and was founded during the Reconstruction Era.



Reparations for Slavery

Watch: 6:30 pm ET Saturday


Photo by Billy Delfs / National Endowment for the Humanities 


Andrew Delbanco, the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, delivered the National Endowment for the Humanities 2022 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. NEH’s Jefferson Lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. 

Delbanco's lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” was delivered at President Lincoln's Cottage, an historic site and museum in northwest Washington, D.C. Delbanco addresses reparations for slavery in the United States, using history, philosophy, and literature to examine a wide range of perspectives on the debate.



Also on AHTV Saturday



Reel America:  Farmer Henry Browne
This short 1942 U.S. Agriculture Department film is a World War II propaganda effort celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the war effort. Narrated by actor and civil rights activist Canada Lee, the film was nominated for an Academy Award.

Tune in at 9:15 am & 12:15 pm ET Saturday




The Civil War: 2022 Lincoln Forum: War Financing and Lincoln's Assassination

From the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, historians discuss people and politics of the Civil War and Reconstruction. 

Tune in at 2 pm ET Saturday



Coming up Sunday on C-SPAN


This week on Q&A: Columbia University history professor Matthew Connelly, author of "The Declassification Engine," talks about the increase in U.S. government secrecy from World War II to today. He argues that many classified documents are never made public because they expose government criminality and incompetence, and that overclassification in an effort to keep the country safe is doing more harm than good.   

Tune in at 8 pm ET Sunday on C-SPAN






The Weekly


"My name is Jimmy Carter, and I'm running for President." That's how Jimmy Carter began his speech accepting the presidential nomination at the Democratic Convention on July 15, 1976.

In this episode of C-SPAN's podcast The Weekly, that's the only clip you'll hear of Jimmy Carter talking about himself. This episode is all about what President Carter said about other presidents. Here's Carter talking about the man who defeated him when he ran for re-election in 1980, Ronald Reagan: "Under President Ronald Reagan, our nation stood strong and resolute and made possible the beginning of the end of the cold war. This has led to a new opportunity for our country to exhibit its greatness which we accept for granted too often, more clearly to people around the world."

What did President Carter say about other presidents -- from Richard Nixon to Joe Biden?

Find out in this episode of C-SPAN's podcast The Weekly.

Listen now or find The Weekly wherever you listen to podcasts.






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