Donate

Jefferson Davis: An American President Previous Broadcasts

Episode #101

KQED World: Sun, Dec 11, 2011 -- 10:00 PM

Davis is perhaps the most misunderstood and maligned figure in United States history. One of the most outstanding statesmen of the United States during the first 60 years of the 19th century, he sacrificed everything to defend the South's position related to the rights of the states and conservative constitutional interpretation. Against staggering odds he led the South and held it together in the bloody Civil War or War Between the States. A West Point graduate was a hero of the Mexican War, United States Senator, outstanding Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce and the only President of the Confederate States of America. Among his many contributions to this country, he is responsible for the way the National Capitol looks today and is largely responsible for the Smithsonian Institution. From Jefferson Davis' Kentucky birthplace to his southwest Mississippi boyhood at Rosemont and his early schooling, we follow him to West Point, to stations in the remote west and to his first love and tragically short marriage to Sarah Knox Taylor. Having finally emerged from his deep grief, Davis forges a political path that leads him to Washington City as a Mississippi representative to Congress. He marries Varina Howell in Mississippi, enters the Mexican War and returns a hero. Jefferson Davis is appointed to the Senate; the Davis' revel in D.C. political and social life, have friends in both political camps, and Davis becomes one of the finest Secretaries of War as a part of the Pierce administration. Davis returns to the Senate for a second term and is instrumental in solidifying the Smithsonian Institution, in restoring the U.S. Capitol, and it is also in D.C. that his first of six children is born. In the late 1850s, with the stirrings of secession abounding, Davis holds fast to his beliefs and tries to keep the fledgling nation together. But at the end of a contentious and protracted fight, Davis must side with the south, with his home state...and after one of the most moving speeches in Senate history, Davis departs his beloved Washington City. ..forever.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 -- 4:00 AM
Become a KQED sponsor

TV Technical Issues

TV
    TV Technical Issues
    • Wed 10/15 morning: KQED Plus (KQEH) Over the Air signal down

      UPDATE: This problem has been resolved, and the OTA signal for the DT54 channels restored. (DT54.1 through 54.5) KQED Plus’ Over the Air transmission is currently off air via our KQEH transmitter on Monument Peak northeast of San Jose. Technicians are working on the problem. No current estimate regarding how long this will exist. We […]

    • KQET (DT25) Over the Air: Wed 8/27

      We are aware of the break-up issues for our DT25 Over the Air signal in the Monterey/Salinas area. This will also affect viewers of any cable or satellite signal provider using that transmitter as their source. Engineers are working on the problem.

    • Week of 8/25: Sutro Tower work (including KQED 9 Over the Air)

      (Affects several San Francisco TV & Radio stations, including KQED 9.1, 9.2 & 9.3) During the week of August 25, Monday through Friday, between 9am and 4pm, several TV and radio stations will be switching to their Auxiliary antennas. This is being done so that the tower crew can perform routine maintenance on the regular […]

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

KQED DTV Channels

KQED 9

KQED 9
Comcast 9 and 709
Digital 9.1, 54.2 or 25.1

All widescreen and HD programs

KQED Plus

Channel 54
Comcast 10 and 710
Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2

KQED Plus, formerly KTEH

KQED Life

KQED Life
Comcast 189
Digital 54.3

Arts, food, how-to, gardening, travel

KQED World

KQED World
Comcast 190
Digital 9.3

History, world events, news, science, nature

v-me

V-Me
Comcast 191 & 621
Digital 54.5 or 25.3

24-hour national Spanish-language network

KQED Kids

KQED Kids
Comcast 192
Digital 54.4

Quality children's programming parents love too