Friday, September 8, 2023

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American History TV: Exploring Chapters of Our Past

Highlights for this week: Being under fire from the pen of the political cartoonist comes with the territory for U.S. presidents, and a panel examines some amusing samples of this art form. Plus, "War Football: World War I and the Birth of the NFL" outlines how military teams led to the founding of the National Football League in 1920.



Presidents in Comics & Cartoons

The Presidency

Watch: 9:30 am/pm & 12:30 pm


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The White House Historical Association and the Library of Congress host a discussion on how comics and cartoons have portrayed presidents. Panelists examine the subtle and not-so-subtle depictions and messages in the drawings of William Henry Harrison up to our more recent commanders in chief. This was part of a daylong symposium on the White House in popular culture. 

Panelists include Sara Duke, Library of Congress curator; Megan Halsband, Library of Congress librarian; Kevin Butterfield, director of the John W. Kluge Center; Hannah Sommers, Library of Congress librarian; Jesse Holland, journalist and author; John Rogers, chair of The White House Historical Association's Board of Directors; and Stewart McLaurin, president of The White House Historical Association.


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Worth Bagley & Civil War Reconciliation

Lectures in History

Watch: 8 am/pm & 11 am/pm 


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On May 11, 1898, Ensign Worth Bagley was killed by a shell fired from a Spanish gunboat while aboard the USS Winslow, becoming the only U.S. naval officer killed in action during the Spanish-American War. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, he became a symbol of Southern heroism and bolstered pride in those who had fought for the Confederacy. North Carolina State University professor Chris Laws teaches a class on the life and death of Worth Bagley and the role he played in sectional reconciliation after the Civil War.



Women Spies of D-Day

 Watch: 6:25 pm



Former U.S. Army Historian Kim Holien discusses the role of female spies leading up to the D-Day operation. Fighting both gender stereotypes and the Nazis, these women made important contributions to the success of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Women spies made up one third of the nearly 13,000 members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), America's first modern spy service, at its peak in late 1944.

This event took place at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Virginia.




It is that time of year again! We are thrilled to launch C-SPAN's 2024 StudentCam documentary competition – our 20th Anniversary! This year's theme is " Looking Forward while Considering the Past." $100K in cash prizes + $50K additional for teachers! 


Chris Serb on "War Football: World War I 
and the Birth of the NFL"

 Watch: 5:25 pm



Author Chris Serb traces the development of professional football from the Army, Navy, and Marine teams that competed against each other during World War I. His book, "War Football: World War I and the Birth of the NFL," showcases stories from some of the military's best teams and includes documentation from football-playing veterans who went on to play or coach in the NFL, including seven Hall of Famers.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, hosted this event.




C-SPAN is partnering with the Library of Congress on a new 10-part television series, Books That Shaped America. Each episode will be a literary journey, tracing America's history by exploring one of these celebrated works in literature that have had and still have a major impact on society. 


Coming up Sunday on C-SPAN


This week on Q&A: Historian Richard Striner talks about his book "Ike in Love and War: How Dwight D. Eisenhower Sacrificed Himself to Keep the Peace," covering everything from his upbringing and military service to his two terms as president of the United States. Mr. Striner also discusses the three women Eisenhower fell in love with over his lifetime: Gladys Harding, Mamie Doud (later Mamie Eisenhower), and Kay Summersby, a Brit who served as Eisenhower's driver during World War II.  

Tune in at 8 pm & 11 pm or enjoy Q&A as a podcast.




C-SPAN's The WeeklySkinny Kids with Funny Names Who Grew Up to Be Politicians

"The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too."

That was Vivek Ramaswamy during the recent Republican presidential candidates' debate — on Fox. Oh wait — no it wasn't — that wasn't Vivek Ramaswamy at all. Let's try that again.

That was Barack Obama, delivering the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention — on C-SPAN.

Many observers said Vivek Ramaswamy sounded a lot like Barack Obama when he said during the Fox debate: "Who the heck is this skinny guy with a funny last name?" Everyone singled out future president Obama's 2004 keynote speech for the comparison, but there were other times Barack Obama said he was a skinny kid with a funny name ... and so have other candidates.

As you'll hear in the latest episode of C-SPAN's
The Weekly — it's a podcast all about skinny kids with funny names who grew up to be politicians.



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