Mutiny on the Hermione and the Presidential Election of 1800
Presented by A. Roger Ekirch
Doors open at 6:00pm
In 1797, the Royal Navy suffered the bloodiest mutiny in the annals of British history, which led to the extradition from America and the hanging by the British, of a purported American sailor, Jonathan Robbins. Widely overlooked by historians, Robbins’ martyrdom provoked a popular uproar and a constitutional crisis over presidential authority that inflamed the tumultuous campaign of 1800.