The Decline of the Militia

“The Founding Fathers’ generation, led by Thomas Jefferson, believed generally that there was “great confidence in the militia as an alternative to a standing army that could be used against the liberties of the people it supposedly protected.” Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 491. Militias were organized of “physically fit white males of military age, who would supply their own arms and donate as much of their time as necessary to keep in training and readiness when called upon to deal with insurrection or invasion.” Id.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution, as well as the federal Militia Act of 1792, contemplated a “well regulated militia” with this context. Id.”

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1828_militiamuster_watercolor_bydcjohnston_aas Depiction of a Militia in 1828.

From the War of 1812 on, for the next few decades, the use of militias would become less and less prominent in America.

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Author: Lisa the Infidel

I am an #Infidel - born and bred North Carolina.

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