All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Military Career of General Creighton Abrams

New York City
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Military historian and retired lieutenant colonel Lewis Sorley talks about his book “Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times.” In the lecture, Colonel Sorley chronicles the life and career of General Abrams, who was military commander for the last five years of the Vietnam War. He argues that Abrams is America’s greatest general since Ulysses S. Grant.  Sorley focuses on his military career from World War II, where Abrams was a tank commander who earned the Distinguished Service Cross, to Vietnam, where he oversaw the withdrawal of most U.S. Army forces. The New-York Historical Society hosted this event.         

Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:31am (ET)

Related Events

The Civil War: Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Saturday, February 8, 2014     

Author and professor Jean Edward Smith discusses the military career of Ulysses S. Grant, from his entry into West Point through his service and leadership of Union forces in the Civil War. He talks about Grant’s feelings on military service, his leadership style, and his many successes and failures. The New-York Historical Society hosted this event.

General George Washington's Defeat at the Battle of Brandywine
Monday, December 30, 2013     

Author Bruce Mowday talks about the Battle of Brandywine – a lesser known American Revolutionary War battle which ended in a British victory over General George Washington at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in what was the largest land battle of the conflict.

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.

Lectures in History: Presidents and the Press
Saturday     

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.

The Civil War: Slavery & Cinema
Saturday     

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. 

Myths & the Rise of the Star-Spangled Banner
Saturday     

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. 

Share This Event Via Social Media

Related Resources

C-SPAN on Facebook (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org