Duel Over Dinner: President Washington's Clash with Governor John Hancock Over State Sovereignty

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January 21, 2015
8:00 PM ET


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Cambridge Forum welcomes historian T. H. BREEN as he explores one of the first disagreements over the power relationship between federal and state governments.

In 1789 George Washington returned to Massachusetts for the first time since 1776, as part of his tour of all the states that had adopted the Constitution and elected him President of the United States. Most places welcomed Washington with pomp and ceremony, including Boston which organized a grand parade. Yet Washington found himself at odds with his old colleague John Hancock, oft-elected governor of Massachusetts. Who was the higher authority, the governor of a state or the chief executive of this new federal union? What did the arrangement those two statesmen worked out mean for the conflicts over states' rights that persist till today?

T. H. Breen
T. H. Breen

T. H. Breen

T. H. Breen is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University. The author of several works of history, Breen has also written for The New York Times Magazine and the London Review of Books. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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