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

by Jonathan J. Den Hartog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...


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 Raphael’s trademark wit and flair, Founding...


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...


Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary

by John K. Alexander

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

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

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

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

PRAISE FOR HARLOW GILES UNGER'S NOAH WEBSTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN PATRIOT

"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

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.

"A...


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

by Harlow Giles Unger

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.

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.