Friday, April 12, 2024

AMERICAN HISTORY TV on C-SPAN2: The Impact of Organized Crime Hearings and more



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Flying Attack Helicopters in Vietnam

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Former Army helicopter pilot Dennis DuPuis talks about his experiences flying Cobra attack helicopters during his two tours in the Vietnam war.



Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

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Joan Trumpauer Mulholland discusses her activism during the Civil Rights Movement, including her participation in Freedom Rides, sit-ins, and the 1963 March on Washington.

National Community Action Foundation's 2024 conference in Washington, D.C. hosted this discussion.


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Wisconsin for Kennedy

The Presidency

Watch: 9:30 am/pm & 12:30 pm



Author B.J. Hollars reveals how then Senator John Kennedy - in a political first - sought to position himself as the Democratic presidential nominee by winning the 1960 Wisconsin primary and creating an aura of inevitability.

Hollars chronicles JFK’s Wisconsin win by drawing on rarely cited oral histories from some of those who made it happen: a cranberry farmer, a union leader, a mayor, an architect, and others.





"Stop Silicosis"

Watch: 9:15 am/pm & 12:15 pm



Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins introduces this New Deal film about the dangers of silica dust.

This video shows safety practices to reduce inhalation of dust and the respiratory disease it caused—silicosis.





New Series: Congress Investigates


This weekly series looks at historic congressional investigations that led to changes in policy and law.


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1950s Organized Crime Hearings
(ep. 4)


Watch: 7 pm


In the 1950s, a Senate committee led by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN), examined organized crime around the country.

Associate U.S. Senate Historian Daniel Holt discusses how the government took steps to address organized crime syndicates and the impact of televising these congressional proceedings.



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Q&ASteven Conn, "The Lies of the Land"

This week's guest is Miami University history professor Steven Conn. In his book, "The Lies of the Land," Professor Conn argues that the reality of rural America today is vastly different from how politicians and the media often portray it. He says rural Americans have not been left behind or overlooked and are just as connected to the forces of American modernity—militarization, industrialization, corporatization, and suburbanization—as people living in the rest of the country.  

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C-SPAN's The WeeklyIt’s the war between the States – of the States addresses!

“Folks are moving here in record numbers to become a part of our winning way of life. Californians and New Yorkers have never seen a state like ours – one that trusts our people, and one that embraces and promotes liberty and Freedom.”

That was Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem … her State of the State address …Now here’s Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer – her State of the State address:

“In some states, educators are being undermined, micromanaged, and even criminalized just for doing their jobs. In Florida, teachers are disrespected and book bans are rampant—heck, just two weeks ago, a district banned the dictionary! The dictionary! In Texas, nearly 1 in 3 teachers aren’t even certified.”

Governors who knocked other states – states whose governors happen to be from opposite parties. 

It happened a lot this year in State of the State addresses.

Instead of the Blue versus the Gray, this civil war—the rhetorical civil war—is the Blue versus the Red.

What were their attack lines?

Find out in the latest episode of C-SPAN’s The Weekly.


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