Creating a Federal Government, 1789-1829


ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships


History and American Culture Studies


This project explores the functional realities of governance during the crucial decades in which Americans converted the general principles of the Constitution into the real institutions of government. It analyzes decision-making, policy implementation, institution-building, and appointment to office. This project examines both the elite leadership within the federal capital as well as the actions of federal appointees scattered throughout the union, focusing particular attention on the complex relationships that connected the numerous levels of federal officialdom. This is also a combined project, producing both a narrative book and a stand-alone website that will provide a public resource for academic and general audiences.