Covering American History C-SPAN style: with event coverage, eyewitness accounts, and discussions with authors, historians and teachers. Every weekend from 8am ET Saturday to 8am ET Monday on C-SPAN3.

In January, 2011, C-SPAN expanded its programming offerings with a new history-based service airing weekends on C-SPAN3. American History TV (AHTV) features programming geared toward history lovers with 48 hours every weekend of people and events that document the American story.

C-SPAN began C-SPAN3 operations in January 2001 as a digital service. C-SPAN3 is currently available in 49 million digital cable TV households and is streamed live online at

At the time of the launch of American History TV, C-SPAN co-president Susan Swain said: "We’re hoping American History TV does for history enthusiasts what Book TV has done for non-fiction book lovers."


1968 - America in Turmoil
TV Schedule

  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War veteran & former Navy secretary Jim Webb and author David Maraniss on the war's major military, political and diplomatic developments from the Tet Offensive to the end of LBJ's presidency.

  • Presidential Campaign

    Richard Nixon campaign staffer Pat Buchanan and University of Virginia presidential scholar Barbara Perry on the volatile 1968 presidential campaign and its cast of characters from Robert Kennedy to George Wallace.

  • Civil Rights & Race Relations

    Former Black Panther and Emory University law lecturer Kathleen Cleaver & historian Peniel Joseph on civil rights, race relations, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and black power.

  • Liberal Politics

    Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and author Michael Cohen on liberal politics as LBJ's Great Society and emboldened activists redefined the federal government and challenged traditional values.

  • Conservative Politics

    American Conservative editor Robert Merry & historian Matthew Dallek on the rise of the political right, the resurgence of Richard Nixon & a Republican presidential victory.

  • Women's Rights

    Authors Debora Spar and Mona Charen on women's rights and the transformation of American households, workplaces and society.

  • The Media's Role

    Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb and photojournalist David Hume Kennerly on how the news media made Americans eyewitnesses to war in Vietnam, astronauts orbiting the moon, chaos on their city streets, and assassinations.

  • Vietnam War at Home

    Author Doug Stanton & "The Vietnam War" filmmaker Lynn Novick on how the war was fought not only in the jungles of Vietnam but on American streets, where student marches and acts of civil disobedience dominated headlines.

  • The Cold War

    Historian and filmmaker Elizabeth Cobbs and Harvard's Cold War Studies director Mark Kramer on the Cold War as the backdrop for 1968, whether in Vietnam, during the presidential campaign or in space.