The Ordeal: George Washington’s Presidency

The Ordeal: George Washington’s Presidency
6 sessions • 12 hours

George Washington was the first of two Federalist presidents of the United States. Discuss his and other Federalist beliefs, and learn how the American Revolution helped mold these beliefs. Understand the four-point program of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton to create a strong economy. Assess how the implementation of this program helped cause the western Whiskey Rebellion and the formation of the Democratic-Republican Party of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. See how the French Revolution and their ensuing war with England contributed to Jefferson splitting from the Washington administration. Discussions will also include relations with Great Britain, particularly in regard to Washington’s Old Northwestern Indian War and the controversial Jay’s Treaty, designed to avert another war with England.

Instructor: Roger Swartz
Colonial historian Roger G. Swartz received national acclaim for his two books covering the frontiers of the American Revolution. In 2004, he was selected educational coordinator for a13-day bus tour sponsored by then National Elderhostel program for the 250th anniversary commemoration of the French & Indian War, 1754 – 1763.

The Ordeal: George Washington’s Presidency
ILR744 • 5-Digit Number: 19381
Monday • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. • 2/10 – 3/16
Student Center (H Building) • Room H202
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $99 | Total: $139
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only