C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2017 LCV Cities Tour” in Newport from October 21-27, 2017, to feature the history and literary life of the community.
Working with the Cox cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The following history segments aired on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments aired on Book TV on C-SPAN2 on January 20 – 21, 2018.
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Battle of Rhode Island Artifacts – Newport Historical Society visiting curator Taylor Stoermer highlighted items in the society’s collection relating to the Battle of Rhode Island.
The Jurisprudence of Police – Thomas Svogun talked about his book The Jurisprudence of Police, in which he examines the role law enforcement plays in the judicial process and how that role has evolved over time.
The Long Road to Annapolis – William Leeman talked about his book, The Long Road to Annapolis, about the development of the U.S. Naval Academy and the skepticism it received from the American public. Established in 1802, West Point was created by the U.S. government to provide education for future army officers.
Redwood Library and Athenæum – Special Collections Founded in 1747, the Redwood Library and Anthenæum is the oldest library still housed and operating in its original building. Special collections librarians featured some of the unique items in the collection including some that date back to its finding.
American Mojo – Peter Kiernan talked about his book American Mojo, in which he explains the beginnings of the middle class and why it is vital to the stability of the U.S. economy.
History of the Redwood Library and Athenæum – Founded in 1747, the Redwood Library and Anthenæum is the oldest library still housed and operating in its original building. Executive Director Benedict Leca talked about the history of the library’s founding and its importance today.
Touro Synagogue – The Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the country. Tour guide Karen Flippo talked about the building’s history which spans five centuries.
Naval War College in Newport – Naval War College History professor David Kohnen talked about the origins of the school and how it’s helped build America’s navy.
Eisenhower House – In 1958 and 1960, President Eisenhower used the Fort Adams Commandants House as his “Summer White House”. Tour Guide Michael Pine toured the home and director of Visitor Services Robert McCormack discussed President Eisenhower’s time in Newport.
Life and Legacy of Ida Lewis – Ida Lewis was a famous lighthouse keeper at Newport Harbor. Documentarian and Johnson and Wales professor Marian Gagnon explained how Lewis saved lives and became a nationally known figure during her time operating the lighthouse.
Battle of Rhode Island – Newport Historical Society’s Taylor Stoermer discussed the Battle of Rhode Island and the impact it had on the state and New England.
History of the Slave Trade – Settled in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island, was the largest slave trade port in North America. Keith Stokes, vice president of the 1696 Heritage Group and a descendant of slaves in Newport, talked about the life of slaves in New England and the economic impact human trafficking had on Rhode Island.