Roadblocks to Republic: Alien and Sedition Acts, 1798

24 Sep 2018

On Monday, September 24, Mark Albertson presented the second lecture in his Roadblocks to Republic series.

America’s founding as a Republic was not without its impediments; so inspired as they were from the ranks of the Revolutionary Generation themselves. Join us for this four-week series as we discuss.

Week Two: Alien and Sedition Acts, 1798 Concern by the Federalists was two-fold: The number of alien Frenchmen favorable to Jeffersonian Republicans, and the journalistic opposition to Federalist policies. The Alien and Sedition Acts lent credence to George Washington’s concern of party affiliation causing factionalism, of a type which could have irreparably rent the fledgling Republic.

About the Presenter Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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