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Suggested Reading List

Alberts, Robert C. Benjamin West: A Biography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1987.

Alden, John R. George Washington: A Biography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1984.

Ammon, Harry. James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971.

Bailyn, Bernard. Faces of Revolution: Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence. New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1990.

Banning, Lance. The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Beard, Charles, A. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1936.

Beeman, Richard R. Patrick Henry: A Biography. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974.

Berkin, Carol. A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution. Boston: Mariner, 2003.

Bobrick, Benson. Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787. Boston, Little, Brown, 1966.

Bradford, M.E. and Forrest McDonald. Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993

Brookhiser. Richard. Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution. New York: Free Press, 2003.

Burke, Edmund. On the American Revolution; Selected Speeches and Letters. Edited by Elliott Robert Barkan. New York, Harper & Row 1966.


Cappon, Lester J., ed. The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams. 2 vols. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press. 1959.

Catton, Bruce and William B. Catton. The Bold and Magnificent Dream: America's Founding Years, 1492-1815. New York: Doubleday, 1978.

Commager, Henry Steele and Richard B. Morris, eds. The Spirit of Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution As Told by Participants. New York, Harper & Row, 1967.

Curry, Thomas J. The First Freedoms: Church and State in America to the Passage of the First Amendment. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

DePauw, Linda Grant. Founding Mothers: Women in America in the Revolutionary Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975.


Elkins, Stanley and Eric McKitrick. The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Ferling, John E. The First of Men: A Life of George Washington. Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1988.

Flexner, James Thomas. George Washington: A Biography. 4 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1965-1972.

Flexner, James Thomas. Washington: The Indispensable Man. Boston: Little, Brown, 1974


Hall, Kernit. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford, 1992.

Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay and James Madison. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States. Various Editions.

Hutson, James H. John Adams and the Diplomacy of the American Revolution. Lexington: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1980

Jameson, J. Franklin. The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1967.

Jensen, Merrill. The New Nation: A History of the United States During the Confederation, 1781-1789. New York, Knopf, 1950.

Kammen, Michael. A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.

Kelly, Alfred H., Winfred A. Harbison and Herman Belz. The American Constitution: Its Origins and Development. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 1991.

Kerber, Linda K. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, 1980

Ketcham, Ralph. James Madison: A Biography. New York: Macmillan, 1971.


Lodge, Henry Cabot. Alexander Hamilton. Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1899

Madison, James. Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787. With an intro. by Adrienne Koch. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1966.

Madison, James. Writings. Edited by Jack N. Rakove. New York: Library of America, 1999.

Maier, Pauline. Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011.

McDonald, Forrest. We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958

McDonald, Forrest. E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic 1776-1790. Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1979.

McDonald, Forrest. Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, c1985.

McDonald, Forrest. Alexander Hamilton: A Biography. New York: Norton, 1982.

Middlekauf, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789. New York: Oxford Univ. Press., 1982.

Miller, Helen Hill. George Mason: Gentleman Revolutionary. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1975.

Miller, John C. The Federalist Era 1789-1801. New York, Harper, 1960.

Miller, William Lee. The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding. Charlottesville: Univ. Press of Virginia, 1992.

Mintz, Max M. Gouverneur Morris and the American Revolution. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1970.

Morgan, Edmund S. The Genius of George Washington. New York: Norton, 1980.

Morris, Richard B. The Forging of the Union 1781-1789. New York: Harper & Row, 1987.


Pole, J.R., ed. The American Constitution For and Against: The Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. New York: Hill and Wang, 1987.

Rakove, Jack N. James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic. Edited by Oscar Handlin. New York: Longman, 2002

Rakove, Jack N. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1996

Randall, Willard Sterne. Alexander Hamilton: A Life. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Randall, Willard Sterne. Thomas Jefferson: A Life. New York: H. Holt, 1993.

Randall, Willard Sterne. George Washington: A Life. New York: H. Holt, 1997.


Smith, Page. The Constitution: A Documentary and Narrative History. New York: Morrow, 1978.

Smith, Page. A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution. 2 v., New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976.

Smith, Page. The Shaping of America: A People's History of the Young Republic. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980.

Smith, Richard Norton. Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Chapel Hill, Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Va., by the University of North Carolina Press [1969]

Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1992.

Wood, Gordon S. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States). New York: Oxford, 2009

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