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January 25, 2021 37 min


January 25, 2021 - When George Washington accepted the responsibility of being the first president of a new nation, he felt the weight of history on his broad shoulders, knowing that every step he took, would set precedents for generations. So, how did he pick a team of advisers to keep his path straight on the long march to nationhood?

We explore how he pioneered the presidential cabinet with Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky. She's a historian of Early America, the presidency, and government who brings us The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.

Lindsay Chervinsky is Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College, Senior Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, and Professorial Lecturer at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University. She earned her Ph.D. in history from UC Davis.

Find her at, or on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where you can also find the page for QuincyTheHistoryHound.

Previous interviews on the period:

David Head: A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin: Valley Forge
Peter Stark: Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
Fergus Bordewich: The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government
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