Saturday, August 6, 2011
On History Bookshelf, Ronald White, Jr. talks about his book, “A. Lincoln: A Biography.”
The book recounts the life of Abraham Lincoln through the recently collected legal papers of Abraham Lincoln.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 3:34pm (ET)
This weekend on History Bookshelf, Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about her book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”
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Anthony Lewis (1927-2013), a New York Times columnist, discussed his book "Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment." In 1960 Alabama Commissioner L.B. Sullivan brought a libel suit against The New York Times for its criticism of the city of Montgomery’s response to civil rights protests. The Supreme Court decision in favor of the New York Times established the malice standard and led to free reporting of the civil rights campaigns in the south. Mr.Lewis also offers a history of the First Amendment and discusses how its interpretation has changed to accommodate the needs of a changing society.
Bard College historian Thai Jones talks about the social unrest that erupted in 1914 New York City under Mayor John Purroy Mitchel – a reform minded Democrat who was undone by his mismanagement of a major snowstorm as well as by a series of civil liberty violations. Professor Jones is the author of “More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy.” The New York Public Library sponsored this event.
This program features remarks by Vera Williams, Clayton Adams, and Justin Gilliam - three direct living descendants of Solomon Northup, whose life story is featured in the film "12 Years a Slave."
This program features a discussion about the role of intelligence in the 1978 Camp David Accords. The event marked the CIA’s declassification of more than 250 documents produced from January 1977 to March 1979 in support of President Jimmy Carter’s diplomatic efforts. Mr. Carter hosted the summit between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David in September 1978. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, Georgia hosted this event.
American History TV visits the National Gallery of Art to learn about the Shaw Memorial which honors Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the Civil War's first African American units. The museum exhibit "Tell It with Pride" seeks to shine a spotlight on the men of the 54th and the people who recruited the regiment by showing photographs, documents, and artifacts from the time.
This 1936 U.S. Resettlement Administration documentary tells the history of the great plains region from the 1880s to the Dust Bowl of the early 1930s in order to showcase New Deal programs.
Author & history professor Jeffrey Sammons discusses a World War One African American combat unit that emerged from the New York State National Guard. The regiment was initially relegated to non-combat duties, but eventually fought with distinction and became known as the “Harlem Rattlers.” In this talk, Mr. Sammons introduces members of the 369th regiment and their fight for equality and recognition, which culminated in a large parade in New York City in 1919. Jeffrey Sammons is the co-author of the book “Harlem Rattlers and the Great War” which will be published in March of 2014.
In his 1971 State of the Union address, President Nixon announced that a sweeping re-organization of the Executive Branch was needed, in his words, “to meet the new needs of a new era.” He created what became known as the Ash Council – named for its chairman, Litton Industries president Roy Ash. Five new agencies -- including the EPA and the Office of Management and Budget--emerged following the Ash Council’s recommendations to create a foundation for the modern presidency. We hear from former Ash Council executive director Andrew Rouse about the council’s behind-the-scenes work.
Blake Bell, a historian at the Homestead National Monument of America, looks at immigration law in the United States and the debate surrounding the Homestead Act of 1862. That law distributed government land to private citizens – or a person who “has filed his declaration of intention to become such." Mr. Bell argues that by encouraging immigration the Homestead Act marked a significant departure from the more stringent naturalization laws of the 1790s. This event took place at Interior Department Museum in Washington, DC.