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tv   LBJ Presidential Library Exhibit Sixty from the 60s  CSPAN  January 4, 2015 3:00pm-3:11pm EST

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texas also entered into trees from other nations notably great britain. this one was from 1840 and addresses the suppression of the slave trade. it is actually signed by queen victoria. after the civil war and after reconstruction texas experienced a new era of immigration. again, mostly from the united states into texas, and this is a broadside railroad map from an organization called the texan this -- texas colony association. it was a new attempt to colonize the vast lands of texas. in an attempt to address many of the issues that should have been
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corrected by reconstruction. this was the constitution that was written in 1875, and interestingly, texas still operates under this constitution today, even though it has had hundreds of amendments to make changes to it. we can flip to the signature page of the document, which contains all of the original signatures from 1876. as you can imagine, these are many of the most prominent men of their day. while this document addressed some issues of inequality, of course, these problems did not go away with equality, and franchise men, most notably --
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even though men of african dissent could theoretically vote, women were not allowed to vote until well into the 20th century. this is a memorial to the texas legislature in 1884 by the undersigned committee of colored men. i guess that is kind of a predecessor of the black caucus. they are asking for redress on several issues that pertain to people of african dissent -- descen living in texas at the time. tthis small leaflet entitled "handicapped" was published by the texas equal suffrage association in about 1919 in advance of the upcoming election by texas male voters about whether women would be given the vote.
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as we know, eventually the 19th amendment was ratified, giving all women in the united states the right to vote. you can see this document and many more that we have previewed by visiting the texas state library and archives commission. several of these items documents, and artifacts will be featured in our upcoming exhibit "texans struggle for freedom and equality," which will launch in mid-january. >> a weekend long, american history tv is joining our time warner cable partners to showcase the history of austin texas. to learn more about the cities on our 2014 tour, visit c-span.org/localcontent. this is american history tv on c-span3.
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>> the torch has been passed to a new generation of americans. >> i have a dream that one day -- >> and we shall overcome. [applause] >> ? gather round, people wherever you roam and you have grown and accepted that thing you'll be drenched to the bone is your time worth saving? you better start swimming or you will sink like a stone the times, they are a'changing'? >> in the lbj gallery we are featuring the 60 from the 60's exhibit. we highlight americans who had a
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great impact on the nation. some of these people are bob dylan, president lyndon johnson, barbra streisand. we have science. we have the apollo 11 crew. the first landing on the face of the moon. we highlight marshall nuremberg, who not only cracked the genetic code back in the 1960's, but also won the nobel prize for his work. charles schultz, one of my favorite parts of the exhibit. we were lucky enough to get two of his original sunday comics. and a pair of skates that illustrates it was a lifelong amateur hockey fan. that is something we try to do in the exhibit, to find one object or one document that speaks to the accomplishments of each person.
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the importance of an exhibit like 60 from the 60's is to show how americans 50 years ago completed work that is still relevant in the 21st century. for example, in the early 60's, we launched the first communications satellite, which was the precursor to the electronic age we are experiencing now. satellite communications, cell phone reception, worldwide television reception. one of the people we are highlighting is the inventor of the world's first videogame, which began the videogame revolution we have now. his prototype, that was developed in the 1960's, eventually was produced by
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magnavox, that they turned into the magnavox odyssey, which became the first commercially purchased videogame. the magnavox odyssey was the precursor to pong and pac-man and all of the video games that are on the market today. one of the many authors we have in the exhibit is a first edition copy of rachel carson's "silent spring" that was published in the early 60's. this book brought national attention to the plight and problems caused by the pesticide ddt, which in turn kicked off the modern environmental movement, which mrs. johnson during her time in the white house and afterward, championed this movement when she promoted programs like highway
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beautification. she started the lady bird johnson center here in austin and other environmental-type programs. >> the beatles! >> ? oh, yeah i will tell you something i think you will understand when i say that something i wanna hold your hand ? >> music was a very large part of the 1960's. in partnership with the grammy museum, we have both the soundtrack for the decade that we highlight within the exhibit -- the grammy museum put
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together a panel of musical experts. some of the most influential songs of the 1960's and the lbj library then posted those songs on her website and allow the public to vote on which were the most popular songs. bob dylan, "blowing in the wind" -- that occupies the top spot. >> ? the answer is blowing in the wind ? >> with our exhibit program, we hope to give people a better understanding of american history, especially we are looking to give a different perspective on not only the decade of the 1960's, but the entire scope of american history.
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>> throughout the weekend, american history tv is featuring austin, texas. learn more about other stops on c-span's city's tour on www.c-span.org/localcontent. you're watching american history tv. all weekend, every weekend on c-span 3. >> tonight, janet markey president and ceo of the national council of la raza, on the state of hispanics in america, immigration reform, and her personal story. >> i have had the great privilege of experiencing the american dream in this country. born in kansas. my parents actually came to this country in the very early 1950's. my parents came from mexico with no money and very little education.

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