Eruption & Balance: The Presidency of John Adams

Eruption & 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. Discussions include the Alien & Sedition Acts and Fries Rebellion of German settlers in southeastern Pennsylvania as well as the eventual election of Jefferson and the emergence of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Throughout, discover how the personal traits of John Adams impacted his policies and the history of the early republic.

Instructor: Roger Swartz
Colonial historian Roger G. Swartz received national acclaim for his two books focusing on the frontiers of the American Revolution. In 2004, he was chosen 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.

Eruption & Balance: The Presidency of John Adams
ILR791 • 5-Digit Number: 19380
Mondays • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. • 4/13 – 5/18
Student Center (H Building) • Room H202
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $99 | Total: $139
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only