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George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father

by Thomas S. Kidd

In the years prior to the American Revolution, George Whitefield was the most famous man in the colonies. Thomas Kidd's fascinating new biography explores the extraordinary career of the most influential figure...


A Dirty, Trifling Piece of Business: Volume 1: The Revolutionary War as Waged from Canada in 1781

by Gavin K. Watt, William A. Smy & James F. Morrison

In 1781, the sixth year of the American rebellion, Canadas governor, Frederick Haldimand, was saddled with the responsibility of defending the Crowns largest colony against the threat of Franco-American invasion....


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,...


Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries

by Lorri Glover

Surprisingly, no previous book has ever explored how family life shaped the political careers of America's great Founding Fathers-men like George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and...


An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

by Nick Bunker

Written from a strikingly fresh perspective, this new account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution shows how a lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics led to a war...


The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States

by Gordon S. Wood

The preeminent historian of the American Revolution explains why it remains the most significant event in our history.

More than almost any other nation in the world, the United States began as an idea. For...


The Ten Political Compromises that Produced the United States Constitution: Second Edition

by J Wilson , JD McCallister

The cooperation that existed among the States during their struggle for Independence began to evaporate as the euphoria over victory dissipated. Independence had been won, but it did not meld thirteen independent...


The American Revolution of 1800: How Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction-and What This Means Today

by Dan Sisson & Thom Hartmann

In this brilliant historical classic, Dan Sisson provides the definitive window into key concepts that have formed the backdrop of our democracy: the nature of revolution, stewardship of power, liberty, and...


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...


The War of American Independence: 1775-1783

by Richard Middleton

Wars rarely turn out as expected. This book shows how Britain entered a conflict that it believed could not be lost. The American Patriots were similarly optimistic about their martial prospects. Although they...


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...


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...


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 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'...


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...


Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution

by Thomas P. Slaughter

An important new interpretation of the American colonists' 150-year struggle to achieve independence

"What do we mean by the Revolution?" John Adams asked Thomas Jefferson in 1815. "The war? That was no part...