Author (Your Name)

Alan S. Taylor, Colby College

Date of Award

Spring 1977

Document Type

Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)


Colby College. History Dept.


George Maier


The question of why the New England Federalists failed to force a confrontation with the national government has been a continuing historical controversy. I feel that the vigorous stance of the New England Democratic-Republicans particularly in Maine (then a part of Massachusetts), to radical Federalist schemes acted to restrain their

opponents. In the final analysis my argument is that New England could not act without Maine. To paraphrase Federalist George Herbert of Ellsworth, on such a slender thread do the destinies of nations hang.


Maine, Massachusetts, Hartford Convention, War of 1812

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