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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American History TV interviewed Lawrence Knutson, author of “Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations” about the history and politics of presidential getaways. We feature archival footage released by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library of President Kennedy summering in Cape Cod.
A panel of Vietnam veterans and scholars reflect on the events leading up to the Vietnam War and whether it was a necessary conflict for America. The speakers also discuss what it was like being in the war, both from the American and Vietnamese points of view. The Vietnam Veterans for Factual History organized this event.
We hear about Senator Sam Ervin’s time as chair of the Senate Watergate Committee from his former aide Rufus Edmisten and his grandson, Judge Sam Ervin IV. They recall Ervin’s character and how the self-proclaimed country lawyer relied on his knowledge of the law and personal convictions to guide the Senate Watergate Committee.
A conversation about the 2000 presidential election and the resulting Supreme Court case, Bush v. Gore. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled in favor of Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush – and against his Democratic challenger, Vice President Al Gore. At issue was the tabulation of Florida’s votes. Panelists include lawyers from both sides of the case, as well as the Palm Beach County elections supervisor who oversaw the recount in that area. The St. Thomas University Ethics Center and the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust hosted this event.
From the American Bar Association's annual meeting, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts discusses the history and significance of Magna Carta as we approach its 800th anniversary in 2015.
Economist Mark Skousen reflects on the life of Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman and his contributions to the study of economics – especially his work to re-establish the American economy following World War II. Skousen also reflects on his personal relationship with Friedman and the economist’s influence on his own career. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.
This film explains the need to control and regulate the waters of the Colorado River and examines the 1928 passage of the Boulder Canyon Project authorizing construction of the Hoover Dam. The Interior Dept. documentary portrays the construction of diversion tunnels and then the dam itself, building of support facilities such as a steel fabrication plant for giant pipe construction, and creation of hydroelectric operations that provided electricity to California, Nevada, and Arizona. The film also details how Lake Mead evolved into a successful recreational area as a result of the dam construction.
We hear from a panel about the personal and political consequences of Warren Harding’s long term love affair. The affair predated the 29th president's administration. Surviving love letters detailing the relationship were until very recently kept under seal by the Library of Congress, which hosted this event. The former president’s grandnephew, Richard Harding, explains why his family insisted on keeping the letters sealed and how the family continues to deal with the fallout from the affair and its impact on Warren Harding’s legacy.
Edwin Fountain of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission discusses efforts to re-develop Pershing Park in Washington, DC as a site to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives during World War I. Currently the park is the site of a memorial to General John Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.