160 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-8030.
On Wednesday, January 22nd from7:00 -8:00 p.m Oliver Wolcott Library Program: Party Politics, Free Speech, & Oliver Wolcott, Jr.'s Conversion: Litchfield Politics in the Early Republic with Steve McGrath. In this lecture, Steve McGrath will discuss the political party system in Litchfield during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He will examine how U.S. foreign policy impacted local politics in Litchfield, particularly the U.S. naval war with France, an embargo instituted by president Thomas Jefferson, and the War of 1812. McGrath will discuss the significance of U.S. political parties known as the Democratic-Republicans and the Federalists, Litchfield's reputation as a Federalist community, a group of Federalists known as the "Jockey Club," and the political influence of attorney Oliver Wolcott, Jr. He will also examine the growth of the Democratic-Republican party in Litchfield, the political activity of South Carolinian and Yale University graduate John C. Calhoun in Connecticut and the concept of free speech. Steve McGrath teaches history at Central Connecticut State University and supervises history student teachers for both Central Connecticut and the University of Connecticut.