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May 19, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SoNo Friends of NPL Community Room
10 Washington St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
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The Well Regulated Militia: A Mark Albertson Discussion

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Well Regulated Militia
A Mark Albertson Discussion
Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Youth are becoming more politically motivated as the result of excessive gun violence. It is important that they, and the adults who support them, understand the Well Regulated Militia from a historical perspective. The Well Regulated Militia, as stated in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and bolstered by the 1792 Militia Act, was an effort to decentralize the military of the United States. A small Regular Army, backed by the Citizen Soldiers of each state, was controlled by the Governors and not Washington. The President could federalize the Militias to support the Regular Army, but, according to the 1792 Militia Act, for three months only. The 1903 National Guard Act, however, superseded the 1792 Militia Act following the Spanish-American War. Washington asserted greater and greater control until the National Guard became a bona fide reserve of the United States Army. The idea of the Well Regulated Militia, as originally intended, no longer exists. Yet, the Constitution itself was not changed or updated. This discussion will trace the evolution of the Citizen-Soldier concept to the National Guard. The underlying question is, of course, what actually is the Well Regulated Militia?
Mark Albertson teaches history, World War I, in Norwalk Community College's (NCC) Extended Studies Program. He also teaches five history courses for NCC's Lifetime Learners Institute: 1) Iraq: A History; 2) Vietnam: A History; 3) The Turning Points of World War II; 4) The Great Patriotic War: The Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and 5) The American Empire. In May of 2005, Albertson, the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine, was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut. The long time member of the United States Naval Institute has written several books including USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship; They'll Have to Follow You:! The Triumph of the Great White Fleet and On History: A Treatise. He gives talks around Connecticut on a variety of historical topics and is currently at work on a fourth book titled Sky Soldiers: The Saga of Army Aviation, Vol. 1.