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Feb. 24, 2019

2.16 – High Noon in Trenton

2.16 – High Noon in Trenton

Year(s) Discussed: 1798-1799

New unrest in the government of France in 1799 presented President Adams with an important decision as to whether to continue with his peace overtures. Meanwhile, competing agendas within his own administration prompt one of Adams’s Cabinet members to urge him to end his sojourn in Quincy as yet another yellow fever epidemic strikes Philadelphia.


Special thanks to David Montgomery of The Siècle for providing this episode’s intro quote!

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Featured Image: “Drawing of the New Jersey state capitol at Trenton” [c. 1879], courtesy of Wikipedia