All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Life Portraits: James Polk

Columbia, Tennessee
Sunday, April 7, 2013

In this program from our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on James Polk's life and career. Author and historian William Seale talked about President Polk and the events of his presidency, including the acquisition of Oregon and Texas, his dark horse candidacy, and the Mexican War. John Holtzapple, the director of the James K. Polk home, gave a tour of the house and talked about some of the furnishings as well as about Polk’s personal life. 

Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 4:05pm (ET)

Related Events

Life Portraits: James Monroe
Sunday, March 17, 2013     

In this program from our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on James Monroe's life and career. Editor of the James Monroe papers Daniel Preston and Monroe Museum director John Pearce joined us at the James Monroe Memorial Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia to talk about President Monroe, his administration, his home and family.

Life Portraits: James Madison
Sunday, March 10, 2013     

In this program from our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on James Madison's life and career. Author Jack Rakove talked about Madison's childhood and his education. University of Virginia Research Professor Holly Shulman and Montpelier Executive Director Kathleen Mullins discussed President Madison, his administration, his home and family.

Life Portraits: Thomas Jefferson
Sunday, March 10, 2013     

In this third program in our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on Thomas Jefferson's life and career. Guests including authors Andrew Burstein and Annette Gordon-Reed as well as Monticello Director Dan Jordan joined us from Jefferson's home in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Life Portraits: John Adams
Sunday, March 3, 2013     

In this second program in our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on John Adams' life and career. Historian David McCullough joined us at the Adams National Historic Park in Quincy, Massachusetts to talk about President Adams, his administration, his home and family.

Life Portraits: George Washington
Sunday, February 24, 2013     

In the first of a series of programs on the American presidents, historian Richard Norton Smith and Mount Vernon Resident Director James Rees discussed the life and career of George Washington. They also talked about the history of Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, and responded to telephone calls from viewers. This is the first installment of C-SPAN's 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series.

The Civil War: Battle of Fort Stevens 150th Anniversary
Tuesday     

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. 

The Presidency: Presidents & the CIA
Sunday     

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. 

A Century Later: Reassessing World War I
Sunday     

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.”

Reel America: "A Conversation with Herbert Hoover" - 1960
Sunday     

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.  

History of Casper, Wyoming
Sunday     

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.

Share This Event Via Social Media
Washington Journal (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org