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Roadblocks to Republic


Monday, February 24, 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 Four: Power of the Presidency

This talk will examine the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Both flirted with and even exercised the power of central control as the War Between the States progressed. As States Rights died in the Confederacy, Habeas Corpus was suspended by Lincoln, and some journalists were arrested and jailed as well. Interesting look into these presidencies, setting the stage, perhaps, to 1917 and 1941.

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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