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Roadblocks to Republic


Monday, February 10, 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 Two: Shea's Rebellion: August 1786-February 1787

Western and Central Massachusetts, discontent spread in reaction to a depression that resulting in small farmers having their holdings seized for failure to pay onerous debts. Town meetings saw petitions demanding reductions in the debts and delinquent taxes, with many facing imprisonment. Daniel Shays, a Revolutionary War veteran the armed riposte. This episode spurred the formation of a General Government for the nation; and not a Democracy, but a Representative 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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