Liberty and Resistance to Central Authority

(March 13-16, 2014) — A four-day conference to Pittsburgh, Penn., co-sponsored by the McConnell Center and Liberty Fund, Inc.
When Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM to
Mar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
Where Pittsburgh, PA
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-8811
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Application - due Sept. 6


The readings for this conference explore six occasions when resistance was made against central authority in the early American republic. The dissenters profiled in this conference acted from the historical understanding contained in the Anglo-Saxon political and legal experience of the constant need to protect liberty.

Kentucky social studies teachers grades 5-12 are eligible to apply; limited to 15. Preference will be given to teachers who have not participated in a McConnell Center professional development opportunity. Extensive pre-reading required.

Conference Topics

  • Shay's Rebellion
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • The Alien and Sedition Acts
  • The War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • The Tariff Crisis
  • The Secession Crisis
  • Conference Discussion Leader

  • H. Lee Cheek , PhD, is chair of the social sciences and professor of political science at East Georgia State College.