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Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation

by Jonathan J. Den Hartog University of Virginia Press (January 12, 2015)

In Patriotism and Piety, Jonathan Den Hartog argues that the question of how religion would function in American society was decided in the decades after the Constitution and First Amendment established a legal...

Literature, Intertextuality, and the American Revolution: From Common Sense to Rip Van Winkle

by Steven Blakemore Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (August 31, 2012)

Dealing with five significant works of the American-Revolution era (1776-1820), the book crystallizes strategies of subversion in an intertextual war by authors reformulating the histories of other revolutions...

Amelioration and Empire: Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

by Christa Dierksheide University of Virginia Press (October 14, 2014)

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in the British Caribbean and the American South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving hypocrites, thought of themselves as modern, cosmopolitan...

Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine Canterbury Classics (May 19, 2014)

Thomas Paine is one of history’s most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions. The three works included, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason,...

The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865

by James J. Gigantino II University of Pennsylvania Press (September 15, 2014)

James J. Gigantino II shatters the easy dichotomy between free and slave states in early America. The Ragged Road to Abolition illustrates how slavery in New Jersey persisted until the ratification of the Thirteenth...

Victory at Yorktown

by Richard M. Ketchum Henry Holt and Co. (August 25, 2014)

From "the finest historian of the American Revolution" comes the definitive account of the battle and unlikely triumph that led to American independence (Douglas Brinkley)

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War,...

Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793

by J. H. Powell, Anna Coxe Toogood, Mary F. Jenkins & Kenneth R. Foster University of Pennsylvania Press (June 10, 2014)

In 1793 a disastrous plague of yellow fever paralyzed Philadelphia, killing thousands of residents and bringing the nation's capital city to a standstill. In this psychological portrait of a city in terror,...

Divided Loyalties

by Richard M. Ketchum Henry Holt and Co. (August 25, 2014)

Before the Civil War splintered the young country, there was another conflict that divided friends and family--the Revolutionary War

Prior to the French and Indian War, the British government had taken little...

Decisive Day

by Richard M. Ketchum Holt Paperbacks (August 25, 2014)

Boston, 1775: A town occupied by General Thomas Gage's redcoats and groaning with Tory refugees from the Massachusetts countryside. Besieged for two months by a rabble in arms, the British decided to break out...

Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution

by Terry M. Mays Scarecrow Press (November 18, 2009)

This greatly expanded second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution covers more battles, skirmishes, and raids of the American Revolution than any other printed source. This is done...

American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution

by Walter R. Borneman Little, Brown and Company (May 06, 2014)

A vibrant new look at the American Revolution's first months, from the author of the bestseller The Admirals When we reflect on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion....

The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson's Cartographic Vision

by Joel Kovarsky University of Virginia Press (June 20, 2014)

A philosopher, architect, astronomer, and polymath, Thomas Jefferson lived at a time when geography was considered the "mother of all sciences." Although he published only a single printed map, Jefferson was...

Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary

by John K. Alexander Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 16, 2011)

This full-life biography includes analysis of Adams's education, political philosophy, religious attitudes, social values, and family relationships. While his extraordinary role in achieving American independence...

Founding Fathers: The Essential Guide to the Men Who Made America

by The Encyclopaedia Britannica & Joseph J. Ellis Wiley (August 01, 2007)

An authoritative, accessible guide to the figures who shaped a nation

How did upstart colonists solidify the ideas celebrated in the Declaration of Independence and defeat the powerful British army? How did thinkers...

America's Second Revolution: How George Washington Defeated Patrick Henry and Saved the Nation

by Harlow Giles Unger Wiley (September 01, 2007)

The Declaration of Independence liberated one continent from domination by another, but the Constitution revolutionized the world--by entrusting citizens with rights never before in history granted to ordinary...

History Repeats Itself in the Classroom, Too!: Prior Knowledge and Implementing the Common Core State Standards

by Gregory Gray & Jennifer Donnelly R&L Education (April 01, 2014)

The best history/social studies classes are those in which students act as historians, political scientists, and economists. The best teachers are those who model “discipline-specific expertise.” There is...

John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot

by Harlow Giles Unger Wiley (September 01, 2000)


"Noah Webster was a truly remarkable man; shrewd, passionate, learned and energetic, God-fearing and patriotic. Mr. Unger...

The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas

by John Buchanan Wiley (July 01, 1999)

A brilliant account of the proud and ferocious American fighters who stood up to the British forces in savage battles crucial in deciding both the fate of the Carolina colonies and the outcome of the war.


The French War Against America: How a Trusted Ally Betrayed Washington and the Founding Fathers

by Harlow Giles Unger Wiley (March 01, 2005)

Acclaim for The French War Against America

"A very readable and provocative tale of early Franco-American relations that will please some and infuriate others."-John Buchanan, author of The Road to Valley Forge:...

Benjamin Franklin's Intellectual World

by Matthew S. Holland, Paul E. Kerry, Jerry Weinberger & Lorraine Smith Pangle et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (December 27, 2012)

The essays in this volume explore how Franklin's political and philosophical thinking was informed, while examining the deep appeal that Franklin has had on generation after generation of Americans.

Era of Experimentation: American Political Practices in the Early Republic

by Daniel Peart University of Virginia Press (May 05, 2014)

In Era of Experimentation, Daniel Peart challenges the pervasive assumption that the present-day political system, organized around two competing parties, represents the logical fulfillment of participatory...

Angel in the Whirlwind

by Benson Bobrick Simon & Schuster (January 11, 2011)

Angel in the Whirlwind is the epic tale of the American Revolution, from its roots among tax-weary colonists to the triumphant Declaration of Independence and eventual victory and liberty, recounted by Benson...

Abigail Adams

by Woody Holton Atria Books (June 01, 2010)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

American Heritage, Best of 2009

In this vivid new biography of Abigail Adams, the most illustrious woman of the founding era, Bancroft...

The Return of George Washington

by Edward J. Larson William Morrow (October 07, 2014)


"An elegantly written account of leadership at the most pivotal moment in American history" (Philadelphia Inquirer): Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson reveals how George...

Race and the Early Republic: Racial Consciousness and Nation-Building in the Early Republic

by James Brewer Stewart, Michael A. Morrison, Daniel K. Richter & Lois E. Horton et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 01, 2001)

By 1840, American politics was a paradox-unprecedented freedom and equality for men of European descent, and the simultaneous isolation and degradation of people of African and Native American descent. Historians...

Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic

by Doron S. Ben-Atar & Richard D. Brown University of Pennsylvania Press (January 06, 2014)

This fascinating history examines the circumstances of two elderly New Englanders who were prosecuted and sentenced to death for bestiality at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their astonishing cases become...

A Narrative of Ethan Allen's Captivity: Containing His Voyages and Travels

by Ethan Allen, Will Crawford & John Pell Dover Publications (April 29, 2013)

Captured by the British in 1775, imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships, and finally released in 1778, Ethan Allen offers a stirring firsthand account of the early years of the Revolutionary War.

Poisoned by Lies and Hypocrisy: America's First Attempt to Bring Liberty to Canada,1775-1776

by Gavin K. Watt Dundurn (January 13, 2014)

In 1775, Americans made their first attempt to invade Canada. When the rebels attacked Quebec City, Carleton's motley army of militia, American loyalists, British regulars, and First Nations successfully managed...

The Age of Reason

by Thomas Paine & Moncure Daniel Conway Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

Based on years of study and reflection by the author, this 18th-century work, which was written from the deist point of view, questions Christian beliefs and the role of religion in society.

Common Sense

by Thomas Paine Dover Publications (February 02, 2012)

First published in January of 1776, this highly influential landmark document clearly and persuasively argued for American separation from Great Britain and paved the way for the Declaration of Independence....


by Alex Myers Simon & Schuster (January 14, 2014)

"A remarkable novel" (The New York Times) about America's first female soldier, Deborah Sampson Gannett, who ran away from home in 1782, successfully disguised herself as a man, and fought valiantly in the Revolutionary...

James Madison, the South, and the Trans-Appalachian West, 1783-1803

by Jeffrey Allen Zemler Lexington Books (December 05, 2013)

This study examines the strong cultural and political bonds between the American South and trans-Appalachian West and argues that the strong relationship had its origins in the work of far-sighted Southerners...

The Men Who Made the Constitution: Lives of the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention

by John R. Vile Scarecrow Press (October 10, 2013)

In The Men Who Made the Constitution, constitutional scholar John R. Vile explores the lives and contributions of all delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, including those who left before the Convention...

Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions

by Simon P. Newman & Peter S. Onuf University of Virginia Press (November 05, 2013)

The enormous popularity of his pamphlet Common Sense made Thomas Paine one of the best-known patriots during the early years of American independence. His subsequent service with the Continental Army, his publication...

Samuel Adams: America's Revolutionary Politician

by John K. Alexander Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 13, 2004)

Samuel Adams: America's Revolutionary Politician offers a fresh full-life biography of the man Thomas Jefferson once described as the helmsman of the American Revolution. In his study, historian John K. Alexander...

Representative Americans: The Revolutionary Generation

by Norman K. Risjord Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 25, 2001)

No simple rubric comes easily to mind when one thinks of the Revolutionary generation. Their accomplishments were too grand, their interests too varied to be encompassed in a single phrase. This book reflects...

George Washington: Uniting a Nation

by Don Higginbotham Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 24, 2004)

In George Washington: Uniting a Nation, Don Higginbotham argues that Washington's greatest contribution to American life was creating a sense of American unity. In clear and concise prose, Higginbotham shows...

A Man Apart: The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774 - 1781

by Harold B. Gill Jr. & George M. Curtis Iii Lexington Books (March 16, 2006)

From 1774 until mid-1777, Nicholas Cresswell, a young English farmer bent on starting a new life in northwestern Virginia, kept a journal that serves as a distinctive window into the turbulent politics of the...

Roots of the Republic: American Founding Documents Interpreted

by Stephen L. Schechter, Ralph Ketcham, Leo Hershkowitz & John P. Kaminski et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 1991)

Noted historians focus on the most important documents of America's colonial and revolutionary past. From the Mayflower Compact to the Bill of Rights, each document is presented in its original text and placed...

Race and Revolution

by Gary B. Nash Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 01, 1990)

Race and Revolution is a trenchant study of the revolutionary generation's early efforts to right the apparent contradiction of slavery and of their ultimate compromises that not only left the institution intact,...

John Quincy Adams

by Lynn Hudson Parsons Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 01, 1999)

In this concise biography, Parsons masterfully chronicles the dramatic and prolific career of one of America's most absorbing figures.

Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

by Mr. Thomas B. Allen HarperCollins e-books (November 09, 2010)

From historian Thomas B. Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spy Master comes a sweeping, dramatic history of the Americans who fought alongside the British on the losing side of the...

Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory

by Edward G. Lengel HarperCollins e-books (January 18, 2011)

“Lengel’s Washington is the archetypal American soldier—an amateur citizen in arms who struggles to learn an unfamiliar and demanding craft on the job....Outstanding.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)...

Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Revolution to Secession

by Debra J. Allen Scarecrow Press (September 13, 2012)

The Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Revolution to Secession relates the events of this crucial period in American history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and several hundred cross-referenced...

Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America--with Jacobites,     Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks

by James Corbett David University of Virginia Press (July 30, 2013)

Dunmore's New World tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, whose long-neglected life boasts a measure of scandal and intrigue rare in the annals of the colonial...

The Road to Valley Forge: How Washington Built the Army that Won the Revolution

by John Buchanan Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Acclaim for The Road to Valley Forge

"Buchanan is a master of the historical narrative . . . a host of new insights into George Washington as a leader of men."

-Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty!: The American...

America Declares Independence

by Alan Dershowitz Wiley (April 21, 2008)

The Declaration of Independence as you've never seen it before

Some of us cherish it with near-scriptural reverence. Others simply take it for granted. In this contentious new look at the Declaration of Independence,...

The Unexpected George Washington: His Private Life

by Harlow Giles Unger Wiley (August 24, 2007)

Advance Praise for The Unexpected George Washington

"This is a biography that unquestionably lives up to its title. Readers will discover numerous, often touching traits that they never knew about the Father...

The Louisiana Purchase

by Thomas Fleming Wiley (August 20, 2007)

From The Louisiana Purchase

Like many other major events in world history, the Louisiana Purchase is a fascinating mix of destiny and individual energy and creativity. . . . Thomas Jefferson would have been less...

Choosing Sides: Loyalists in Revolutionary America

by Ruma Chopra Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2013)

Choosing Sides: Loyalists in Revolutionary America shows us that America’s original colonies were not nearly as united behind the concept of forming free, independent states as our society’s collective memory...