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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 the...


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'...


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 Raphael’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 Republic: Land, Labor, and the Conflict for a Continent: 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....