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When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation

by Francois Furstenberg

In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United...


Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

by Ray Raphael

First published ten years ago, award-winning historian Ray Raphael’s Founding Myths has since established itself as a landmark of historical myth-busting. With the author’s trademark wit and flair, Founding...


Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea

by Tim McGrath

Five ships against hundreds-the fledgling American Navy versus the greatest naval force the world had ever seen...

America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution-or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the...


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

by Joel Kovarsky

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...


West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

by Claudio Saunt

This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfolding that year across North America, far beyond the British colonies. In 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, the Continental Congress...


Redcoats and Rebels

by Christopher Hibbert

This book provides a thorough introduction to the War of American Independence. Told with great authority and clarity the book describes and details the effects of each notable event from 1770 to 1781. The book...


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

by Walter R. Borneman

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....


Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

by Danielle Allen

“Danielle Allen lays bare the Declaration’s history and significance, returning it to its true and rightful owners—you and me.”—Junot Díaz In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence altered...


Lafayette: Hero of the American Revolution

by Gonzague Saint Bris & George Holoch

The rousing story of Lafayette—aide-de-camp and “adopted son” of George Washington—exploring his vital role in the American Revolution. In this long-overdue history of Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette, acclaimed...


Era of Experimentation: American Political Practices in the Early Republic

by Daniel Peart

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...


The New Republic: The United States of America 1789-1815

by Reginald Horsman

Reginald Horsman's powerful and comprehensive survey of the early years of the American Republic covers the dramatic years from the setting up of the US Constitution in 1789, the first US presidency under George...


Abigail Adams: A Writing Life

by Edith B. Gelles

In this book, Edith B. Gelles asserts that Abigail Adams' vivid, insightful letters are "the best account that exists from the pre to the post-Revolutionary period in America of a woman's life and world." Adams'...


Inventing Ethan Allen

by John J. Duffy & III H. Nicholas Muller

A fascinating look at the genesis, longevity, and meaning of the story of Ethan Allen in the context of Vermont history and memory


The World of the Revolutionary American Republic: Land, Labor, and the Conflict for a Continent

by Andrew Shankman

In its early years, the American Republic was far from stable. Conflict and violence, including major land wars, were defining features of the period from the Revolution to the outbreak of the Civil War, as...


George Rogers Clark and the War in the West

by Lowell H. Harrison

"Much has been written about the famous conflicts and battlegrounds of the East during the American Revolution. Perhaps less familiar, but equally important and exciting, was the war on the western frontier,...


Revolutionary

by Alex Myers

“A novel of the American Revolution by a writer who is himself a true American revolutionary.” —Mark Edmundson, author of Why Teach?

In 1782, during the final clashes of the Revolutionary War, one of our...


Philip Freneau: Champion of Democracy

by Jacob Axelrad

Philip Freneau was a poet, editor, and mariner. A graduate of Princeton, he was the roommate of James Madison and a classmate of Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Aaron Burr. When the colonies rebelled against England,...


The American Revolution: A Constitutional Interpretation

by Charles Howard McIlwain

This work considers the American Revolution as it relates to the British Empire's constitution. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org) online version...


George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

by Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

"As a Long Islander endlessly fascinated by events that happened in a place I call home, I hope with this book to give the secret six the credit they didn't get in life. The Culper spies represent all the patriotic...


The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817

by Myron Magnet

Why the American Revolution, of all the great revolutions, was the only enduring success. Through the Founders’ own voices—and in the homes they designed and built to embody the ideal of domestic happiness...