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successive administrations and remains our basic objective today. next saturday, secretary of state dean rusk gives his testimony defending johnson's vietnam policies. for the complete american history tv weekend schedule, go to this weekend on american artifacts, we look at a selection of objects left at the vietnam memorial, including letters, photographs, artwork, and metals. here's a preview. >> i am a museum technician for the national park service. for thepecifically vietnam veterans memorial collection, which is housed here in the museum resource center. the building overall is a central curatorial facility. our collection specifically is housed entirely in this building. objects collection of that are left at the memorial in d.c.
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by the memorial every day, leave objects at the memorial, which are part rangers collect, and then every two weeks or so we do a pickup at the memorial and bring them out here to our museum resource center where we sort through them and catalog them and make them part of our collection. this card was left in 2000. barry,left by allen for -- elen for barry. "my dearest barry, it has been 31 year since you were taken from a, but you remain in my heart. , thevisit the memorial ring i gave you on your 18th birthday. always know that i love you still, although i married and have three beautiful children.
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i will mourn for the family we were never given the chance to have. me home lord brings again, i know i will meet you and share many memories. i feel that the purpose of the collection is to help people to get over the things that happened in the past and to remember specifically the men who died in vietnam. this collection kind of lends a helping hand to that. .eople will leave things the process of making a craft helps them heal. there's a lot of things in the collection that have to do with ptsd. ,e have a lot of ptsd groups they do a therapy group and leave it at the wall. we have a lot of things that give more information about a
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specific soldier's life. when you go to the wall, you see all the names on the wall, but the collection gives background longry to those names as as somebody has left something for a specific person. you can tell just a little bit more about that person's life. that is the purpose of the collection. the entire program sunday at 6 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span3's american history tv. we are on the cusp of a progressive revolution. i consider both bernie sanders and hillary clinton progressives. one of them is going to be the next president, i believe. now is a good time to take stock and see, how did this guy do
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that we thought was a real progressive, how did he do it and what can we learn from that move to thes we next ministration? theunday night on "q&a," book "buyer's remorse," which takes a critical look at the obama presidency. senator bernie sanders recently spoke out in favor of the book. really repeats a point he makes in every campaign speech, which is twofold. one, we need a political revolution. that is his phrase. and that political revolution means that the progressives have to really keep the pressure on the next president who we hope will be a democrat and a progressive, bernie or hillary, to really stick -- to really be true to the progressive agenda and follow it through and not compromise. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern
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on c-span's "q&a." weekend, american history tv is featuring greenville, south carolina. was used as a training facility for world war i troops. the cap closed -- camp closed in 1919 due to an influenza outbreak. c-span's cities tour staff recently visited the site. learn more about greenville all weekend here on american history tv. >> we are standing at reedy river falls. this was a nasty spot. this really was a very depressed, nasty place. it's a great story of how a behind a parkget
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and start to appreciate and cherish its river and waterfall again. >> a gentleman named richard my vision is that he was in the wilderness, looking for a great place for his anding post and gristmill, he hears this sound in the distance. he gets closer, and pulls back a branch of a tree. he sees reedy river falls. he says, this is perfect. 1770 he established a trading post with the cherokees and constructed a grist mill. greenville owes its existence to this waterfall. operated his trading post and his mill there for many years.
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decisionhe unfortunate to side with the british during the revolutionary war. the patriots came in and they destroyed everything, they post, down his mill and and he spent the rest of his life in the bahamas. aout 10, 20 years later, gentleman who is recognized as the father of greenville, new about pearis' grist mill, and at the very sight of pearis' grist mill, he constructed a couple of mills. we are looking at the waterfall, and across the river you can see some of the remnants of the mill behind those large shrubs. his mill was constructed in the early 1800s. that is also the site of peari'' grist mill that was built in
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around 1770. are at the lower falls, just around the corner from the large waterfall. this was the site of another mill. right above the waterfall, he constructed a dam that diverted water away from the river and ran it through a flume that was constructed right here along the bank of the river, and it came to his mill. this was basically his operation. here we have some of the remnants of the original mill. then the water went in through the heart of the mill and there large this site here a wheel that was turned by the flow of the water that was used in his operation. and then the water went from
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, and you can see the back into the river. this was a major operation right here on the banks of the river, right around the corner from his two mills located at the large waterfalls. if you look back at the history of this area after the , after audreywar mcabee established his mills here, you will see that the river and especially the waterfalls really were the centerpiece of his community. people were so proud of this river and so proud of the waterfall, this and historical documentation that says as soon as somebody got off the train for their first visit to
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greenville, in the first place the person would be shown is reedy river falls. greenville citizens considered it second only to niagara. so much took place at the waterfall. baptisms, weddings. source of food and water for the early community of greenville, and it was really a place that was cherished. as progress continues and we move into the era of industrial evolution like so many rivers across our country, greenville turned its back on this wonderful river and it became grossly polluted. greenville became a textile center, and there were many mills located upstream from the waterfall. they were discharging untreated waste into the river.
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people remember that the river would change colors depending on what the mills were running. it would be purple one day, red, yellow, green. and itme an open sewer, became a resource that was the subject of jokes and ridicule. this is where the camper down bridge used to be. across the river at this point, was built over the waterfall, and ended up just on the left side of the red brick building .ver there it was built in 1960, and was finally taken down in the early 2000's. it totally obstructed the wall -- waterfall for decades. if you go back to 1960, when the bridge was constructed, the
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reedy river had been written off by this community. i don't think anybody gave a second thought about constructing this bridge right over the waterfall. it was purely for the convenience of transportation. the effort to establish falls byk began in the mid-1960's a wonderful group called inter line of foothills garden club. a member of the club. the club decided they were going to celebrate and honor greenville's birthplace, establishing a park at the waterfall. mom was the chair of the park committee to make that happen. remember her talking about the reaction she was getting from a lot of people in greenville about, are you all crazy? want tohe world do you do anything down there at that nasty spot? now, was covered up i this
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massive camper down bridge, and the river was still grossly polluted. there was a high rate of crime in the area. there was a lot of litter. but they were very determined. this is where greenville got its start, and we are going to celebrate it an honor it. after a lot of determined effort, it started to come together. it began by the veneration -- the dedication of about six for the establishment of a park. when that donation was made, people started paying attention, saying this is going to happen. and then people started getting on board with it. you see now what we have 50 years later, one of the best parks in the united states.
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that part was the catalyst that led to greenville's revitalization. people started paying attention to the downtown area, which at that time was dying. now we have removed the bridge, this magnificent pedestrian bridge, one of its kind in the world. it's curved, so you can walk out there, stop, look directly at the waterfall and enjoy it, and on a really nice day, this bridge is covered with people. there are lots of people down there along the river enjoying the park. it's the crown jewel of greenville. tour staffes recently traveled to greenville, south carolina, to learn about its rich history. learn more about greenville and
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other stops on our tour at you are watching american history tv. next, barryand lando talks about his book "web of deceit: the history of western complicity in iraq". , to kennedy, to george w. bush. he argues that it comes after decades of intervention, including british airstrikes in the 1920's. the baath party coming to power. role in aericans' rebel against -- revolt against saddam hussein. >> good evening. i am one of the owners here. toni i


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