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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Officials from the National Park Service and Washington, DC, commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. The battle took place July 11-12th, 1864, when Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early probed Washington, DC’s defenses before turning back.
Author and intelligence expert Melvin Goodman describes the history of the relationship between the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency from the Truman years through today. He explains how President Truman's "quiet intelligence arm" became a politicized source of covert actions around the world from the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Iran Contra affair. The National Archives at Kansas City hosted this event.
World War I officially began on July 28, 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Less than a month later, most of Europe had joined the war. As the world marks the centennial of the beginning of the conflict, the National World War I Museum in Kansas City hosts a panel of historians and authors who talk about the causes and effects of the conflict once known as the “war to end all wars.”
In this hour-long 1960 NBC interview, Herbert Hoover discusses his life beyond the presidency. Speaking with reporter Ray Henle, he delves into topics including his childhood, his time in China during the Boxer Rebellion and his involvement supplying food to civilians in German-occupied Belgium during WWI. This program is part of the collections of the Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives.
Our C-SPAN Cities Tour takes American History TV on the road. We feature the history of Casper, Wyoming throughout the weekend of August 16-18.
Towson University professor Martha Joynt Kumar teaches a class on presidents and their relationship with the press, with a focus on the ways the White House press corps and coverage of presidents has evolved from the mid-1800s into the 20th century. Towson University is in Maryland.
A panel of history professors traces the evolution of slavery as depicted in film since the 1930s. Drawing examples from films like “Mandingo,” “Amistad” and “12 Years a Slave,” panelists discuss how filmmakers have framed the idea of slavery. They also describe changes in race relations and gender portrayals in films and how slave characters have shifted from the background into leading roles.
A panel of music experts discusses several myths surrounding The Star-Spangled Banner and what led to the rise of the National Anthem as a part of everyday society. Also discussed is the passing of The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem and why it has become such a popular song in many facets of American life.
Baseball historian Phil Dixon talks about the Kansas City Monarchs, the longest running franchise in the history of baseball’s Negro Leagues. We hear about contributions the Monarchs made to the baseball world – including future Hall of Fame players and several innovations to the sport, such as the use of lights for night games. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum hosted this event.