Roadblocks to Republic

Monday, February 3, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room

Join us for a four-week series on the Roadblocks to Republic. It will highlight four examples in American history that deeply affected the course of America and/or threatened the viability of representative government.

Week One: The Newburgh Incident, March 15, 1783

Despite the impending defeat of Cornwallis's army at Yorktown, the Continental Army was hardly a together force. Beginning in 1780, mutinies plagued Washington's army. Pay was slow if at all; promised fresh uniforms were not forthcoming; food was intermittent, causing soldiers to steal from the farmers they were fighting for. But the greater danger was from the officers, who had been promised a half-pay pension for life . . . from a government that lacked the power to properly tax and with a fiat currency upon to pay for the war. The potential political danger posed by officers to the Continental Congress was averted by George Washington in one of his finest hours as a commander.

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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