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Recent Events (1 - 10 of 1424)

The Contenders: Wendell Willkie
Sunday     Rushville, Indiana

American History TV continues to reair C-SPAN's history series “The Contenders,” which features profiles of key figures who ran for president and lost, but changed political history. This week, we focus on the life and career of Wendell Willkie. Prior to receiving the Republican presidential nomination in 1940, Willkie had never before run for public office. While he did not win the national election, he served as  President Roosevelt’s representative to Britain, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and China.  He went on to write "One World," a best-selling book recounting his life adventures.

American Artifacts: Smithsonian Presidential Campaign Collection
Sunday     Washington, DC

Smithsonian political curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird give a behind-the-scenes look at the buttons, signs, hats, and novelties in the presidential campaign memorabilia collection of the National Museum of American History.

Lectures in History: Politics & Economics in the 1970s
Saturday     New York City

History professor Judith Stein teaches a graduate-level seminar on politics and economics in the 1970s. In this class, Professor Stein examines the 1974 resignation of President Nixon and Jimmy Carter’s defeat of President Ford in the 1976 Presidential Election. Also discussed are President Carter’s attempts to deal with inflation and the energy crisis. The class took place at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

The Presidency and the Supreme Court
Saturday     Hyde Park, New York

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks about historical conflicts between the judicial and executive branches of government. She talks about the separation of powers in cases of war and reflects on moments in American history when the three branches of government intersected and clashed. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York hosted this event in 2007.

The Civil War: Cincinnati’s Black Brigade & the Abolition Movement
Saturday     Washington, DC

Two speakers make presentations at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium. First, author Nikki Taylor addresses the issue of citizenship among free African Americans, and the story of Cincinnati’s Black Brigade. Then, history professor Diane Barnes talks about the abolition movement.

Stories of Fugitive Slaves
Saturday     State College, Pennsylvania

Vanderbilt University history professor Richard Blackett tells the stories of fugitive slaves, examining how they used the U.S. Mail to communicate with other slaves and how they planned and executed escapes to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. This event was hosted by Penn State University's Richards Civil War Era Center.

Lectures in History: Emancipation & the Civil War
Saturday     Washington, DC

History Professor Chandra Manning looks at the Emancipation Proclamation and the escalation of the Civil War. Professor Manning also examines the role that black soldiers played in the Union victory. The class took place at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

American Artifacts: USS Constitution Museum Part 2
Saturday     Boston

Each week American Artifacts takes viewers into archives, museums and historic sites around the country. USS Constitution launched in Boston in 1797 and gained fame during the War of 1812, defeating British warships in three sea battles and earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.” American History TV visited the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, located at the same pier where the ship is docked today. The museum's president, Anne Grimes Rand, gave use a tour of an exhibit looking at the lives of sailors aboard USS Constitution during the War of 1812.

Encore Q&A: Diane Skvarla
Saturday     Washington, DC

Senate curator Diane Skvarla talks about the U.S. Senate art collection, her job as curator, and about the taping of C-SPAN's "The Capitol."

Max Holland on the Motivations of "Deep Throat"
Saturday     Kansas City, Missouri

Author & journalist Max Holland discusses his book, "Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat." Mark Felt was the FBI assistant director who in 1972 leaked Watergate investigation information to several reporters, including Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Holland argues that contrary to popular notions, Felt selfishly used journalists to discredit FBI director L. Patrick Gray in the hope that he would be appointed to the top spot; and that Nixon’s resignation was an unintended consequence. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.

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