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tv   American Artifacts  CSPAN  May 8, 2016 11:49am-12:01pm EDT

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national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> you are watching american history tv, 48 hours of programming on american history every weekend on c-span3. at his been twitter history for information on our schedule and to keep up with the latest history news. daughters of the american revolution was founded in 1890. the national headquarters was found a few blocks from the white house. next, "american artifacts," a visit to the dar museum, to learn about their 100 -- their exhibit, remembering the american revolution, 1776-1890. we begin with this visit to america by revolutionary war hero general lafayette.
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the marquis lafayette was 19 years old when he came to america to fight in the revolution. he was a french aristocrat and when i talk to students about this and i say he was 19 -- we think about 19-year-olds today -- what were you like when you were 19? were you going to fight in revolution across the sea? probably not. he was an interesting individual. his support and influence with the french government helps the revolution's cause. when he came back, he was invited back by president monroe
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for the purpose of remembering the revolution, munro saw that people were starting to die off, the revolutionaries are starting to leave us, but lafayette was still a living connection to the revolution. he came back and did this amazing tour of what was then the united states, in an era when there were not trains. of course there were not automobiles. this was horses and carriages and he crisscrossed the then united states, and the fact that he had so many places from new york city down to charleston and everywhere in between is remarkable, in such a short time period. when he comes to the united states, this is another reason for celebration. again, these are spontaneous outpourings of interest and of admiration for the revolutionary war veteran. we were discussing, when developing this expedition, was this an instruction.
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did people get instructions on lafayette is coming, you need to do this, you need to have a parade. the president didn't send out letters to the governor saying, you need to do something. word was sent out, and it was encouraged, but this outpouring a feeling and sentiment, of people coming in wanting to see lafayette was very much an unplanned, spontaneous kind of celebration. one of my favorite items relating to lafayette, and his visit here in the united states
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these slippers were worn to a ball that was held in new york city. they are very fragile. you can see that from the picture. they are linen and silk, with a leather sole. probably worn just to the ball to dance in and nothing else. then put away and saved. we know who wore these slippers. her name was angelica james. it's wonderful to have the identification. not just the story, but that miss james is connected to the slippers. lafayette was externally popular as i have said and souvenirs were created for people to purchase.
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>> all weekend, american history tv is featuring san bernardino, california. a hotdog stand was opened. he expanded his menu and later opened the first taco bell in 1952. posted by our time warner cable partners, c-span's staff recently visited many sites showcasing the history. -- learn more about san bernardino all weekend here in american history tv. [sirens] >> four swat officers arriving on scene. all those officers will be deployed inside and around those buildings. >> i was on the floor of the house of representatives i had just walked off. oddly enough, we had just taken a vote, and the majority had blocked democrats advancing the idea that those who are on the
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terror watchlist not be allowed to carry firearms, not be allowed to purchase firearms. it was a procedural vote we voted on, and i had walked off the floor, and my phone started buzzing from colleagues and members of congress, as well as from people back home. i raced back to the office. i turned the tv on and saw a familiar sight. the inland regional center is less than a mile away, and i knew exactly where the facility was. i reached out to local leaders including the police chief who confirmed what was going on, and then i took the first flight back here home. so i was on the first flight back and was able to join the press conference in the evening and received updates from law enforcement officials throughout the proceeding days. i think the aftermath is a resilient community, people who
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have been pushed down in the past and continue to get back up. and i think that's what we saw in the wake of this tragedy, was people coming together and saying we aren't going to be divided as a community, we're going to continue to work with each other, we're not going to be afraid of one another, of coming together across faith, across ethnicity, across the region. we were able to do that. attended many interfaith gatherings, bringing people together. those were the things that i remember after december 2nd that were so important to the healing process. i think it's brought us together. i think it's also made us more aware of our surroundings. and it's made it very real. when we talk about terrorism,
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when we talk about the fight against terror, it isn't something that's in the abstract anymore. it's something that across this country, you know, means something because this isn't a big city here in san bernardino that was attacked, this is, this could happen anywhere. so that's what i heard from my colleagues, too, in congress, folks on both sides to have aisle, saying that if it could happen in san bernardino, it could happen anywhere. and i think the support among my colleagues has been incredible in offering support, in offering prayers and thoughts to our community as we heal. we've requested that the federal government pay for the increased response. so the overtime and the manpower that was devoted assisting federal agencies in this terrorist event, i hope that 100% of their costs in the aftermath could be picked up by the federal government. it would be in the millions, somewhere in the, you know, maybe $4-$10 million range that was expended with increased shifts that were picked up, overtime, the transporting of victims by helicopter and by ambulance to local facilities. those are the things that i think the federal government should help assist and pay for and has a precedent in doing.
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and i hope that san bernardino receives that fair share as well. you know, i was a big supporter and someone who talked very often about the role that gun violence plays in our communities before the tragedy. but this is, this was, it was personal for me. my brother was a probation officer who responded to the incident. he was stationed a couple miles from where we are helping to protect the employees from the regional center as they were, as they were transported to safety. so it became very real for me. but also in the context of what we're fighting for here in protecting our country against terrorism and also making sure that illegal guns have no place in our communities and that we do simple things that protect our communities; universal background checks, limit the assault weapons that are in our communities.
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those are things that we can do, and it's incumbent upon us to do something. if it will provide increased safety in our community. there isn't one law or one bill that i could have authored or passed that would have protected this community, but it's important for all of us to play a role in making sure our communities are safe now and in the future. >> our cities to her staff recently traveled to san bernardino, california to learn about its rich history. learn more about san bernardino and other stops on our tour at c-span.org/citiestour. you are watching american history tv, all weekend, every weekend on c-span3. tracesessor dan berger
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how mass incarceration arose in response to the unexpected ways prisoners joined in the civil rights and black our movements of the 1960's and 1970's. he describes the role of activist prisoners such as joyce jackson, who shed light prof. berger: let's get started. i want to pick up on the conversation we were having last time about civil rights and the black power movement. the second reconstruction. how we think about that in relation to what now is called mass incarceration. we're going to do three big things today. talk about what mass incarceration is. i'm going to complicate some of the ways it is often talked

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