A Northern Confederacy? The Hartford Convention of 1814
September 12, 2012
By the fall of 1814, the opposition of New England Federalists to the War of 1812 was so vehement that the Union appeared to be in
danger. In October, Massachusetts invited the other New England states to send delegates to a meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, to draft
constitutional amendments and take other measures to protect New England interests. Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society, will discuss the Hartford Convention and the taint of secession and treason associated with it, and show how debate over the goals of the Convention has persisted for almost two centuries.