All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

John C. Fremont: Pathfinder of the West

Savannah, Georgia
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Born in 1813 in Savannah, Georgia, John C. Fremont was an explorer, mapmaker, U.S. Senator for California, two-time Republican presidential candidate, Governor of Arizona territory and a Union General during the Civil War.  “Forrest Gump” author Winston Groom tells stories about the life of the “Pathfinder of the West” at the Georgia History Festival, which is honoring native son Fremont in the bicentennial year of his birth.

Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:53pm (ET)

Related Events

American Artifacts: California in the Civil War
Sunday, September 18, 2011     

Most of us think of The Golden State as far removed from the Civil War, but according to Drum Barracks Civil War Museum Director Susan Ogle, California gold financed up to 25% of the Union war effort. American History TV visited the museum near the port of Los Angeles where Susan Ogle gave us a tour of the only remaining Civil War era military facility in the area.

American Artifacts: Drum Barracks Civil War Museum Part 2
Sunday, September 25, 2011     

The Civil War West of the Mississippi
Saturday, December 1, 2012     

Two history professors talk about aspects of the war in the West - from the Mississippi River to Arizona - including the roles played by Hispanics, and Confederate attempts at westward expansion. The National Park Service and the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission co-hosted this event.

History of Immigration in the American West
Saturday, December 15, 2012     

A panel of professors looks at the history of immigration in the American West. They examine the immigration stories of Asians, Hispanics, Europeans and others, and discuss the reasons why those groups came to America. This event was part of the Western History Association’s 2012 annual conference in Denver.

The Civil War: 1862 Western Theater River Operations
Tuesday, December 25, 2012     

Craig Symonds of the U.S. Naval Academy talks about the war’s Western Theater river operations in 1862. Symonds details the strategies employed by the Union to win several key battles, and credits those victories to the cooperation and combined tactics of General Ulysses S. Grant and Naval Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote. The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College hosted this event.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
Sunday     

Historians and law professors met at the University of Baltimore Law School to discuss Mick Caouette’s film “Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP.” They explored Marshall’s early law career as well as his work in the South to expand voting rights for African Americans. We also hear about his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, and how he became the first African American appointed to the highest court in the land.  

The Presidency: John Quincy Adams
Sunday     

A conversation with author Fred Kaplan about his biography, “John Quincy Adams: American Visionary.” Although he was not remembered for being a great president, Fred Kaplan argues that John Quincy Adams was one of the most intellectual commanders in chief, and also the best Secretary of State in American history. The New-York Historical Society hosted this event. 

Herbert Hoover, Henry Wallace & Cold War America
Sunday     

American History TV traveled to the Library of Congress Kluge Center in Washington, DC, which was established in 2000 and endowed by philanthropist John W. Kluge. The center welcomes over 100 scholars every year to pursue their research interests at one of the world's largest libraries. We spoke with Vanderbilt University lecturer Kevin Kim about his upcoming book about Herbert Hoover and Henry Wallace, and their impact on America's Cold War policy.

Naval Warfare in the American Revolution
Sunday     

Historian Dennis Conrad of the Naval History and Heritage Command discusses how strategies used by colonial naval captains contributed to the success of the American Revolution. Mr. Conrad also describes how ships from the colonies – then called the Continental Navy-- fought not just in the Atlantic but also saw action as far away as the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. This event was sponsored by the Society of Cincinnati and took place at the Anderson House in Washington D.C. 

American Artifacts: The National Garden
Sunday     

From the founding of the United States, George Washington encouraged the creation of a botanic garden in the nation’s capital that would inspire and educate citizens on plants and their uses. This vision was realized in 1820 when Congress created the U.S. Botanic Garden on the capitol grounds.  The most recent addition, the National Garden, features plants of the Mid-Atlantic, including a Rose Garden and Regional Garden.  Plant curator Bill McLaughlin explained the history and use of some of the country’s indigenous plants by Native Americans, colonials, and others.

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN on Facebook (late 2012)