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American History TV: The People & Places of Our Past


Happy Presidents' Day!
Here's highlights for this long weekend on American History TV

Saturday's full lineup of programs here (C-SPAN2).

 • Sunday's full lineup of programs here (C-SPAN3).

 • Monday's full lineup of programs here (C-SPAN2).

9:25 am (2/19): The Presidency: George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address

6:50 pm (2/19): The Presidency: Lindsay Chervinsky & Matthew Costello, "Mourning the Presidents"


Cliff Sloan, "The Court at War"

The Presidency

Watch Saturday: 9:30 am/pm & 1 pm


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What was FDR's relationship with the Supreme Court he created — having appointed seven of nine justices — and did the court reflect his wartime vision? Author Cliff Sloan provides some answers. He is a constitutional law and criminal justice professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

In his book "The Court at War: FDR, His Justices, and the World They Made," professor Sloan writes: "FDR's Justices were a fractious crew, plagued by internal rivalries, bitter resentments, and behind-the-curtain feuds. But they were united in their loyalty to the President and frequently jostled for his favor."

William Harris, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, conducted the interview at the Hyde Park, New York, museum.


The Forgotten Years of the Civil Rights Movement

Watch Saturday: 6 pm


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Authors Kate Masur and Dylan Penningroth discuss the role of African Americans in the civil rights movement prior to the 1950s and 1960s. They touch on Frederick Douglass and his involvement as part of the early civil rights movement in America, as well as lesser known individuals like Black abolitionists John Jones, who spent 20 years fighting to repeal the Black Laws of Illinois, and David Jenkins, an agent of the Underground Railroad and politician in Ohio and Mississippi. 

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, moderates the talk.


1909 Missoula Labor & Free Speech Fight

Lectures in History

Watch Saturday: 8 am/pm & 11:45 am/pm



University of Montana history professor Leif Fredrickson  examines the 1909 labor protests in Missoula, Montana, which sparked a high-profile fight over free speech and police violence. Newspaper headlines from that time state: "I.W.W. organizers arrested, jailed and viciously beaten by 200-pound Republican sheriff in home of Senator Dixon — Elizabeth Gurley Flynn of New York dragged to Bastille for selling union papers on street." Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a labor leader for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, advocating for women's rights.



Historic Campaign Speeches

John McCain's 2000 Michigan Campaign Rally & 
Bernie Sanders' 2016 Michigan Campaign Rally


As the presidential primary season builds toward Super Tuesday on March 5, American History TV this Saturday looks at campaigns past to hear from presidential candidates making their case before voters.


10:30 am/pm: John McCain 2000 Michigan Campaign Rally

Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged supporters as he and Mrs. McCain walked to the stage.Senator Fred Thompson and former Republican candidate Gary Bauer both spoke in support of Senator McCain's candidacy. Senator McCain spoke to the cheering crowd about his campaign and his policy positions. 

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11:05 am/pm: Bernie Sanders 2016 Michigan Campaign Rally

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at a campaign rally in Dearborn, Michigan. He was introduced by Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN). The Democratic presidential candidate outlined policy differences between himself and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on health care, trade, the economy and the war in Iraq.

Watch a Preview of Sanders' speech



What issue is most important to you in this presidential election?
Have your voice be heard.


Go to C-SPAN's Campaign 2024 main page: 

Click the Record Your Voice tab and walk through the steps to make your 30-seconds (or less) recording. Your "Voices 2024" video may be featured online or on-air.


Sessions from the 2023 Lincoln Forum 

The Civil War

Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the forum is held on the days leading up to the annual commemoration of President Lincoln’s November 19 Gettysburg Address at the National Soldiers’ Cemetery.



Fergus Bordewich, "Klan War"

Watch Saturday: 4:40 pm



Author Fergus Bordewich discusses President Ulysses Grant's efforts to dismantle the KKK and other Reconstruction-era white supremist groups. He chronicles how only when the 18th president was inaugurated did the federal government begin to act to dismantle the Klan, which had thrived under Andrew Johnson's presidency. Legislation crafted by Republican Radicals (so-called at the time) made it possible for President Grant to take decisive action against the Klan using federal prosecutors and the U.S. Army. 

He is interviewed by Jane Campbell, president of the United States Capitol Historical Society.


1980 "Free to Choose" series

 Milton Friedman on Government Control of Education
(ep. 6)


Watch Saturday: 7 pm


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American History TV is airing Milton and Rose Friedman's original 1980 "Free to Choose," 10-part public television series —Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman argues for the decentralization of American schools and vouchers to improve the quality of education. Episode six was originally titled "What's Wrong With Our Schools?"


Coming up Sunday on C-SPAN



Q&A: Virginia Speaker of the House Don Scott (D) on His Life and Career

“For every young kid that makes a mistake, they can look at Don Scott and say, ‘I’ll never give up. I can still be what I want to be in America.’
” That was former Republican governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia speaking about Q&A's guest this week, the state's newly elected Democratic speaker of the House of Delegates. Don Scott talks about the hurdles he overcame, including spending almost eight years in prison, to become Virginia's first Black speaker in 405 years.    

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



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