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Tom Paine's Iron Bridge: Building a United States

by Edward G. Gray

The little-known story of the architectural project that lay at the heart of Tom Paine’s political blueprint for the United States.

In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams judged the author of Common Sense...


Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

by Louisa Thomas

An intimate portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, who witnessed firsthand the greatest transformations of her time  

 

Born in London to an American father and a British mother...


Jacob's War

by Alex Perriello

Jacob’s War is the compelling tale of one soldier’s exceptional influence on the American Revolution. A carpenter by trade, Jacob was an unlikely war luminary. But, a series of astonishing and mysterious...


The War Before Independence: 1775-1776

by Derek W. Beck

The United States was creeping ever closer to independence. The shot heard round the world still echoed in the ears of Parliament as impassioned revolutionaries took up arms for and against King and country....


"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

by Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter S. Onuf

A groundbreaking work of history that explicates Thomas Jefferson’s vision of himself, the American Revolution, Christianity, slavery, and race.

Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic...


A Notorious Woman: Anne Royall in Jacksonian America

by Elizabeth J. Clapp

During her long career as a public figure in Jacksonian America, Anne Royall was called everything from an "enemy of religion" to a "Jackson man" to a "common scold." In her search for the source of such strong...


Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

by Patrick K. O'Donnell

In August 1776, little over a month after the Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Britain, the revolution was on the verge of a sudden and disastrous end. General George Washington found...


The Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution

by Sam Willis

A fascinating naval perspective on one of the greatest of all historical conundrums: How did thirteen isolated colonies, which in 1775 began a war with Britain without a navy or an army, win their independence...


Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution

by Daniel L. Mallock

The drama of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is the foundational story of America—courage, loyalty, hope, fanaticism, greatness, failure, forgiveness, love.

Agony and Eloquence is the story of the greatest friendship...


TIME Alexander Hamilton: A Founding Father's Visionary Genius and His Tragic Fate

by Editors of Time

Long considered the forgotten founding father and primarily known for the duel with Aaron Burr that ended his life, Alexander Hamilton has recently achieved a new level of fame because of the hit Broadway musical...


Sacred Violence in Early America

by Susan Juster

Susan Juster explores different forms of sacred violence—blood sacrifice, holy war, malediction, and iconoclasm—to uncover how European traditions of ritual violence developed during the Reformation were...


Quakers and Their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808

by Maurice Jackson & Susan Kozel

This volume explores the significant connections between the Quaker community and the abolitionist cause in America. The case studies that make up the collection mainly focus on the greater Philadelphia area,...


A New Land: What Kind of Government Should We Have?

by Joni Doherty

What Kind of Government Should We Have? It is the spring of 1787. We are now in a critical period. Our new republic is unstable and the liberty we won just four years ago is threatened. We've lost the unity...


Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea

by Robert Curry

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”...


Loyal Protestants and Dangerous Papists: Maryland and the Politics of Religion in the English Atlantic, 1630-1690

by Antoinette Sutto

Loyal Protestants and Dangerous Papists analyzes the vibrant and often violent political culture of seventeenth-century America, exploring the relationship between early American and early modern British politics...


True for the Cause of Liberty: The Second Spartan Regiment in the American Revolution

by Oscar E. Gilbert & Catherine R. Gilbert

Following their defeat at Saratoga in upstate New York in 1777, the British decided to implement a Southern Strategy against the American insurgents, a plan to “roll up” the rebellious colonies from Georgia...


One Nation Divided by Slavery: Remembering the American Revolution While Marchingtoward the Civil War

by Michael Conlin

In the two decades before the Civil War, free Americans engaged in "history wars" every bit as ferocious as those waged today over the proposed National History Standards or the commemoration at the Smithsonian...


Strange and Obscure Stories of the Revolutionary War

by Tim Rowland

Astonishing Events from the American Revolution That They Don’t Teach in School!

We all know about Washington’s crossing of the Delaware and Betsy Ross’s stitching together the Stars and Stripes, but how...


An Argument Open to All: Reading "The Federalist" in the 21st Century

by Sanford Levinson

In An Argument Open to All, renowned legal scholar Sanford Levinson takes a novel approach to what is perhaps America's most famous political tract.  Rather than concern himself with the authors as historical...


The Washingtons: A Family History: Volume 3: Royal Descents of the Presidential Branch

by Justin Glenn

This Royal Descents supplement is an outgrowth of the author's multi-volume family history of the "Presidential Branch" of the Washingtons. That work collects the descendants of the immigrant John Washington...