Sandra Moats’ new book, Navigating Neutrality: Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic, describes how George Washington and his cabinet formulated policies to enforce neutrality across all three branches of the government and around the globe. This neutrality helped to build a U.S. government capable of supporting its global aspirations.

Hear from the author at our free book talk and submit your questions. This event will be followed by a book signing.

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Add to Calendar 12/14/2021 19:00:00 12/14/2021 20:00:00 America/New_York Ford Evening Book Talk: Sandra Moats

Sandra Moats’ new book, Navigating Neutrality: Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic, describes how George Washington and his cabinet formulated policies to enforce neutrality across all three branches of the government and around the globe. This neutrality helped to build a U.S. government capable of supporting its global aspirations.

Hear from the author at our free book talk and submit your questions. This event will be followed by a book signing.

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About the Book

Navigating Neutrality explores the unexpected role George Washington’s 1793 Neutrality Proclamation played in energizing the U.S. government’s constitutional responsibilities to support and promote America’s commercial and sovereign interests. Designed to avoid warfare as Great Britain and France battled in the Atlantic during the French Revolutionary Wars, neutrality encompassed a wide range of issues, including diplomacy, law, defense, commerce, and domestic politics.

Proclaiming neutrality proved easier than enforcing it. American citizens eagerly accepted lucrative French privateering commissions, and Britain retaliated by attacking American ships, cargos, and sailors. In response, Washington and his cabinet formulated policies to enforce neutrality across all three branches of the government and around the globe. Maritime citizens, stranded in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, especially came to appreciate the government’s rescue efforts. As Sandra Moats shows, enforcing neutrality galvanized all three branches of the nascent U.S. government, serving as a manifesto of the young nation’s quest to be respected in its independence and helping to build a U.S. government capable of supporting its global aspirations.

About the Author

Sandra Moats is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside,  She earned her master's and bachelor's degrees from Smith College, and her Ph.D. in history from UCLA. She is an historian of the early American republic, and her areas of expertise include diplomacy and culture, with an emphasis on presidential politics. She is the author of Celebrating the Republic: Presidential Ceremony and Popular Sovereignty from Washington to Monroe, 1789-1825.  Dr. Moats was a member of the Washington Library’s inaugural class of research fellows (2013-2014).

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