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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776

by Rod Gragg

This fascinating history, based on meticulous research into the correspondence and documentation of the founding fathers leading up to and encompassing the crafting of the Declaration of Independence, sheds...


Monarchism in America

by William B. B. Moody

Great Britain's American colonies thrived for more than 150 years under a limited monarchial form of government. When the United States gained its independence, all the major nations of the world were monarchies....


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,...


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 British Soldier in America: A Social History of Military Life in the Revolutionary Period

by Sylvia R. Frey

In her investigation of the social history of the common British soldier in the era of the American Revolution, Sylvia Frey has extensively surveyed recruiting records, contemporary training manuals, statutes,...


Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation

by William Hogeland

Recent movements such as the Tea Party and anti-tax "constitutional conservatism" lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America's founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes...


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,...


Angel in the Whirlwind

by Benson Bobrick

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...


Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

by Pauline Maier

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Winner of the George Washington Book Prize

When the delegates left the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in September 1787, the new Constitution they had written was...


Abigail Adams

by Woody Holton

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...


Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent, May 1-July 4, 1776

by William Hogeland

This is the rambunctious story of how America came to declare independence in Philadelphia in 1776. As late as that May, the Continental Congress had no plans to break away from England. Troops under General...