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Contenders: An Original History Series

September 7, 2011

This week C-SPAN launches a new American History television series. It will air live each Friday evening at 8:00 PM on C-SPAN. Each program will orginate from a historic site and will feature fourteen men who lost the presidency, but changed history. These contenders were candidates in at least one national election and changed political history as a result of it.

Contenders featured include Henry Clay, James G. Blaine, William Jennings Bryan, Eugene Debs, Charles Evan Hughes, Al Smith, Wendell Wilkie, Thomas E. Dewey, Adlai Stevenson, Barry Goldwater, Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, George McGovern, and Ross Perot. Watch them live each Friday night or view them in the Video Library at this site. More information is available C-SPAN The Contenders web site.

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  • We tried to get The Contenders on Channel 570 from Schenectady, NY, but seemed to be able to access only the last 30 minutes, starting at 9 pm.
    How can we access the entire program of 90 minutes?

  • Sir/Madam:

    The Henry CLAY Contender program was A-1! Wonderful content for any high school civics class., or equivalent.

    What particularly impressed me and my wife was the excellent leadership given by the woman MC. What is her name, and when can we get her as a guest of some sort on national TV or, perhaps, on Jim Lehrer’s nightly news program?

    She was excellent and really kept the program going at good clip so as to maximize the content.