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  1. May 9, 2014
    Encounters with History, August 16, 2014

    Encounters with History: 
    Our War, Our Constitution - Significant Constitutional and Legal Issues Arising from the American Civil War


    A full-day indoor program, hosted by Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick, discussing how the United States Constitution and the laws enacted under it govern, impact, and protect us all.  Its meaning and interpretation were stretched and tested greatly during the American Civil War.  Did the South have the right to secede (perpetual union or voluntary compact?)  Was the American Civil War a war (can the President blockade the ports of his own country?)  What right did President Lincoln have to order or allow the arrest, without charge, of thousands of American citizens (suspension of the “Great Writ”?) Did the United States have a claim against Great Britain under international law, for her role in support, directly or indirectly, of the Confederacy such as the Seaborne Blockade Runners, Raiders and Rams originating there (treaty/arbitration?) How were all of these issues ultimately resolved- the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, an International Tribunal?

    In the final module which describes Claims under international law [Runners, Raiders and Rams] that the U.S. had against Great Britain after the American Civil War, Arbitration will be discussed.  As practical and current real world matter, John is also an Arbitrator who arbitrates and decides many types of cases, including Securities cases between investors in the market and their Brokers, Financial Advisors, Investment Firms, etc.  John has offered to describe and provide examples of that dispute resolution process, potentially relevant and applicable to all investors in the U.S. investment market.

    Join Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick for a lecture and discussion of these important issues- important then and relevant today.

    This full-day indoor program (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will be held at Gettysburg Seminary, Valentine Hall auditorium, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

    Registration deadline is August 1, 2014.  Cost of this activity is $80 for Friends of Gettysburg members and $105 for non-members.

    For more information or to register for this event, please contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org.  On-line registration is available by clicking on the following link:  http://www.friendsofgettysburg.org/EventsCalendar/EncounterswithHistoryAugust162014.aspx