All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Origins of U.S. Military Academy at West Point

View of West Point, 1831

View of West Point, 1831

New York City
Saturday, January 25, 2014

On March 16, 1802, Congress formally authorized the United States American Military Academy at West Point on the Hudson River in New York. West Point instructor Major Andrew Forney discusses how in the wake of the revolution many founding fathers debated the concept of creating a military school in a republic. In this talk, Major Forney explores both sides of this discussion and attitudes regarding the military in the post-revolutionary years. The New York Military Affairs Symposium hosted this event.

Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:50am (ET)

Related Events

West Point & Football
Saturday, December 1, 2012     

Author Joe Drape discusses how he researched his book, “Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country and Football at West Point.” He also talks about how the experience of attending West Point impacted many of the institution’s more famous alumni, such as President Dwight Eisenhower, who played on the school’s football team. The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and the Eisenhower Foundation co-hosted this event.

The Civil War: Studying Military History
Saturday, July 14, 2012     

History professor Gary Gallagher speaks about the importance of studying military history in the last of a series of sessions from a conference organized by the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. The theme of this year’s gathering was Leadership and Generalship in the Civil War. The Virginia Military Institute hosted the conference.

The Civil War: Race & Military Tradition
Saturday, November 24, 2012     

Author and historian Mark Grimsley explains how American military conflicts through history have contributed to the formation and understanding of racial identities. He discusses the roles of African Americans on both the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War. Mr. Grimsley spoke at the 2012 Civil War Institute Conference at Gettysburg College.

Native American Military History
Sunday, February 17, 2013     

Colorado Mesa University professor Timothy Winegard discusses the history of Native Americans and their involvement in American and Canadian wars. He also talks about the image of the “Indian Warrior” and misleading stereotypes in American films and memory. This event took place at the History Colorado Center in Denver.
 

Military Production During World War II
Monday, October 14, 2013     

Marine Corps War College strategic studies professor Jim Lacey talks about his book, “Keep From All Thoughtful Men: How U.S. Economists Won World War II.” He details the decisions economists and generals made to guide and sustain military production during the war. The New York Military Affairs Symposium and the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club hosted this event.

U.S. Capitol Grounds in Spring
Thursday     

Architect of the U.S. Capitol Stephen Ayers talks about the U.S. Capitol grounds in springtime.

George Washington's "New Room" Restoration
Sunday     

We go to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate to see what he called the “New Room” – which, after 14 months, $600,000, and extensive scientific and scholarly analysis, is once again a room he would recognize. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, owners of Washington’s estate since 1858, believe that a room long thought to be used for dining was actually more of a statement room – one designed to project Washington’s own sense of himself as a gentleman farmer, Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States. We get an up close look at Mount Vernon’s grandest room and hear from the team of historians and curators behind its restoration. This event was hosted by Mount Vernon.

Civil Rights Summit - President Speeches
Sunday     

President Obama was joined last week by three predecessors – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law by President Johnson. They each delivered remarks at the Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

50th Anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan
Sunday     

Decided by the Warren Court in 1964, New York Times v. Sullivan was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, upholding the freedom of the press and greatly reducing the number of libel lawsuits. Attorneys Lee Levine and law professor Steve Wermiel tell the story of Justice Brennan’s struggle to thwart efforts to overturn the Sullivan case. Their new book is The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan. The Newseum hosted this event. 

Reel America: "The Treasury Story" 1969
Sunday     

A history of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which was founded in 1789. Funded by the Treasury Dept., the film includes reenactments and documentary segments of employees engaged in Treasury activities ranging from the IRS to money printing, to the Secret Service.

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN Radio
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org