Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ticonderoga Historical Society Presents: Fake News and Fisticuffs

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present “Fake News and Fisticuffs – Nothing New in American Politics,” a free public program to be held on Friday, Sept. 25 6 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

This program — closing out a recent lecture series — will highlight the history of the fake news and violence that has been present throughout the ages in American politics, and how neither is unique to today’s political environment.

Ticonderoga Historical Societies Managing Director Diane O’Connor had the following to say about the program: “We felt this was a particularly timely topic, given the upcoming elections, “It is important to note that it is not a new phenomenon. Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both complained about fake news in the early 1800s. In 1856, during a slavery related debate in the Senate, a Massachusetts Republican, Charles Sumner, was beaten with a cane wielded by a Democrat from South Carolina. Sumner was quite seriously injured; and this was not an isolated incident, by any means.” O’Connor and her husband Brian O’ Connor will both be presenting the program, each bringing a different historical and rhetorical perspectives in order to educate the audience on American History, and to provide tips on recognizing fake news.

The program will be held outdoors and will be cancelled in the event of rain. Attendance is limited to 45 persons and reservations are required. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Attendees should bring their own chairs. Reservations can be made by contacting the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to: [email protected]

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