Eruption and Balance: The Presidency of John Adams

NEW! Eruption and Balance: The Presidency of John Adams
6 sessions, 12 hours

John Adams’ 4-year tenure as president was a highly contentious period in American history. The evolution of the newly-formed political parties, the partisanship of the press, and the rejection of President Adams by Vice-President Jefferson impacted the presidency greatly. The war, and peace, with France as well as the war within the Federalist Party will be explored. The course will also touch upon the Alien & Sedition Acts and Fries Rebellion of German settlers in southeastern Pennsylvania. It will end with the eventual election of Jefferson and the emergence of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Throughout the course, we’ll discover how the personal traits of John Adams impacted his policies and the history of the early republic.

Instructor: Colonial historian Roger G. Swartz received national acclaim for his two books covering the frontiers of the American Revolution. In 2004, he was chosen, along with 2 others, to be the educational coordinator for the 13-day bus tour sponsored by then National Elderhostel program for the 250th-anniversary commemoration of the French & Indian War, 1754 – 1763.

ILR791 Eruption and Balance: The Presidency of John Adams
4 digit #: 3595
Mondays, 1:15 – 3:15 pm, March 6 – April 10
Location: FCC Conference Center/E123
Tuition: $39   Fee: $90   Total: $129
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $90

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