Filled with Falsehoods and Errors: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and the Battle Over Freedom of the Press – Then and Now
Ever since the Founding Era, Americans have been debating the problem of disinformation in a country committed to freedom of the press. This event will bring an historic perspective to “Truth in the Age of Disinformation” by discussing the ways in which the contentious political atmosphere of the 1790s led to one of the most acrimonious elections in our history, as well as a controversial 1798 law that made it illegal to criticize the federal government.
Robert M.S. McDonald is professor of History at the United States Military Academy. He is author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time (University of Virginia Press, 2016).
Schar College of Education Room 138, Ronk Lecture Hall Monday, April 4, 2022 at 7 p.m.