It’s Time for the States to Strike Back


During his tenure as president, George Washington visited the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When asked if he would call upon the new chief executive, Governor John Hancock is reputed to have said, “I am the highest ranking public official in the state and he should call on me.”  The humble Washington did so. Today, every timeContinue reading “It’s Time for the States to Strike Back”

Grover Cleveland and the Same-sex Marriage Debate: State vs. Federal Power


As a historian of American politics, I am most often asked how this or that historical figure would think about modern political issues.  Many times the answer is an easy one, but others not so much.  The issue of gay marriage would certainly fall into the latter category. So, you might ask, how would GroverContinue reading “Grover Cleveland and the Same-sex Marriage Debate: State vs. Federal Power”