Tuesday, April 10, 2012

American History TV

Battle of Shiloh
For those of you who have time on weekend or have mastered the art of recording programs, I recommend The Civil War 150 Years on American History TV.  The C-Span network is doing a series of telecasts to celebrate the Sesquicentennial.   The website contains copies of the program that you can download for viewing.  I saw some of the program on The Battle of Shiloh which was a guided tour of the battlefield conducted by Mr.Stacy Allen, the NPS Chief Ranger at Shiloh. 

The series has also presented programs on The Battles of Bull Run, Ball's Bluff, and Wilson's Creek.  The channel presents lectures by leading historians on various aspects of the conflict.  Recent subjects include:

  • Harold Holzer on Abraham Lincoln and Freedom of the Press
  • William Dobak on his book, "Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867"
  • Five historians presented their candidates for Person of the Year 1862 at a forum organized by Museum of the Confederacy and hosted by the Library of Virginia.
  • Lincoln and Civil War scholars discussed why the Civil War didn’t end in 1861 at the Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Naval Academy history professor Craig Symonds talked about the War along the Atlantic Coast at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia.
I know these presentations will add to your understanding and appreciation of the many aspects of the war.

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