Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections and constitutional challenges—and finding congressional help lacking—George Washington decided he needed a group of advisors. Washington modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. In this talk on The Cabinet: Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, Lindsay M. Chervinsky reveals the far-reaching consequences of Washington’s choice.
About the Speaker
Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is a historian of early America, the presidency and U.S. government institutions. She is currently a scholar in residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and senior fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Previously, she served as historian at the White House Historical Association and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University and earned her Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Davis.