To commemorate Memorial Day, The HISTORY Channel presents three special programs – two documentaries and a new series – that highlight different facets of American history and pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served the United States.
“Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiersis an hour-long documentary that tells the largely unknown story of the nation’s first all-black peacetime regiments that fought to expand the American presence in the West and defend the United States on foreign soil. of the Civil War, Congress passed the Army Reorganization Act, which authorized the creation of six all-black peacetime regiments.These men later became known as the Buffalo Soldiers and fought for decades to protect the settlers and national parks, built roads and infrastructure, participated in various military efforts, and at the same time fought for equality and justice.
“The HISTORY Channel is committed to shining a light on the historical figures and events that have shaped our nation for the better, and the story of the Buffalo Soldiers is a story of courage, perseverance and heroism that deserves to be told,” said Eli Lehrer, executive vice president and chief programming officer for the HISTORY channel. “We are honored to partner with Blair Underwood to bring this story to life and shed light on this incredibly important piece of history for our audience.”
Narrated by Blair Underwood, an award-winning actor whose father is a retired colonel and served for nearly three decades, the documentary delves into that time in America when the Buffalo Soldiers were protecting and shaping the future. of the nation. Their story is told through interviews with military experts, historians and descendants of the Buffalo Soldiers, historic photographs, original illustrations and never-before-seen documents.
“Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” airs May 31 on The HISTORY Channel.
The HISTORY Channel’s Presidential Documentary Event, “Theodore Roosevelt“, which is the network’s fourth premium presidential miniseries.” Abraham Lincoln” made its debut earlier this year on Presidents’ Day weekend. The documentary will air over two nights and is based on the New York Times bestseller, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling author, who serves as executive producer.
The documentary explores Roosevelt’s life from different angles – as a cowboy, soldier, statesman, conservationist, adventurer, reformer, author and as the youngest president of the United States in 42 years old. His story of personal loss is also told. — from his privileged but sickly childhood, his perseverance in overcoming physical obstacles, to his motivation to fight injustice. Interviews with renowned historians and authors, including Roosevelt’s great-grandson, Tweed Roosevelt, are featured throughout the film.
“Working with The HISTORY Channel has proven to be an ongoing source of pride, as we are united in our commitment to telling meaningful stories of presidential history and leadership to audiences around the world,” said Goodwin. “Bringing the fiery and righteous Theodore Roosevelt to life was a particular ‘dee-light’, as he was working with partners Appian Way and RadicalMedia, to show how Teddy sought to create a sense of common purpose among all people. , using his leadership not only to nurture his base and solidify the faction, but rather to find common ground in order to weave classes and regions of people together.
“Theodore Roosevelt” airs May 30 and 31 on The HISTORY Channel.
The network also presents the new series, “The American presidency with Bill Clinton“, which explores the history of the American presidency and the fight for a more perfect union. Hosted and produced by President Bill Clinton, the series contains six thematic episodes that each focus on race, extremism, the fight for rights, presidential vision, world power and economic power.
The series features commentary from renowned authors, historians and witnesses to history, including Pulitzer Prize winners Jon Meacham and Annette Gordon Reed. Each episode examines a variety of presidential actions that moved the country forward, such as when President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation, and the signing by Lyndon B. Johnson of voting rights. 1965 Act. At the other end of the spectrum, the series also examines presidential decisions that caused division in the country, such as Herbert Hoover’s “repatriation campaigns” and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.
“We are privileged to partner with President Clinton to take our viewers through these defining historic moments, to analyze public sentiment at the time and the driving forces behind the critical choices made by a wide range of presidents and the lasting effects who still define our country today, both for good and bad,” said Eli Lehrer of The HISTORY Channel.
The series “The American Presidency” begins on May 30.
As the holiday weekend begins, The HISTORY Channel is poised to bring viewers powerful and rich programming that pays tribute to those who served in uniform and those who sacrificed their lives for the future of the nation.