Books Category: American Founding

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American Commonwealth The

The American Commonwealth By James Bryce
Introduction by Gary L. McDowell

American Founding American History

In Democracy in America (1835) the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville interpreted American society through the lens of democratic political theory. A half-century later the Scotsman James Bryce examined “the institutions and the people of America as they are.” Bryce presented his findings in The American Commonwealth, first published in London in three volumes in 1888. This new Liberty Fund two-volume edition is based on the updated third edition of 1941, which encompassed all the changes, corrections, and additions that Bryce entered into the previous editions. Its expanded appendix includes Bryce’s 1887 essay, “The Predictions of Hamilton and De Tocqueville,” and contemporaneous (1889) reviews of The American Commonwealth by Woodrow Wilson and Lord Acton.

American Political Writing During the Founding Era

American Political Writing During the Founding Era: 1760–1805 Edited by Charles S. Hyneman and Donald S. Lutz

American Founding American History

This selection of essays, pamphlets, speeches, and letters to newspapers written between 1760 and 1805 by American political and religious leaders illuminate the founding of the republic. Many selections are obscure pieces that were previously available only in larger research libraries, but all illuminate the founding of the American republic and are essential reading for students and teachers of American political thought. The second volume includes an annotated bibliography of five hundred additional items for future reference.

American Republic The

The American Republic: Primary Sources Edited and with an Introduction by Bruce Frohnen

American Founding American History

Many reference works offer compilations of critical documents covering individual liberty, local autonomy, constitutional order, and other issues that helped to shape the American political tradition. Yet few of these works are available in a form suitable for classroom use, and traditional textbooks give short shrift to these important issues.

AntiFederalist Writings of the Melancton Smith Circle The

The Anti-Federalist Writings of the Melancton Smith Circle By Melancton Smith
Edited and with an Introduction by Michael Zuckert and Derek A. Webb

American Founding American History Political Thought

The Anti-Federalist Writings of the Melancton Smith Circle makes available for the first time a one-volume collection of Anti-Federalist writings that are commensurate in scope, significance, political brilliance, and depth with The Federalist. Included in this volume as an appendix is a computational and contextual analysis that addresses the question of the authorship of two of the most well-known pseudonymous Anti-Federalist writings, namely, Essays of a Federal Farmer and Essays of Brutus. Also included are the records of Smith’s important speeches at the New York Ratifying Convention, some shorter writings of Smith’s from the ratification debate, and a set of private letters Smith wrote on constitutional subjects at the time of the ratification struggle.

Arator

Arator: Being a Series of Agricultural Essays, Practical and Political: In Sixty-One Numbers By John Taylor of Caroline
Edited and with an Introduction by M. E. Bradford

American Founding American History Political Thought

This discussion of the social order of an agricultural republic is Taylor’s most popular and influential work. It includes materials on the relation of agriculture to the American economy, on agriculture and politics, and on the enemies of the agrarian republic. Both statesman and farmer, Taylor is often considered the deepest thinker of all the early Virginians.

Collected Works of James Wilson

Collected Works of James Wilson By James Wilson
Edited by Kermit L. Hall and Mark David Hall
With an Introduction by Kermit L. Hall and a Bibliographical Essay by Mark David Hall
Collected by Maynard Garrison

American Founding American History Political Thought

This two-volume set brings together a collection of writings and speeches of James Wilson, one of only six signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and one of the most influential members of the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Collected Works of Roger Sherman

Collected Works of Roger Sherman By Roger Sherman
Edited and with an Introduction by Mark David Hall

American Founding American History

Roger Sherman (1721–1793) was the only founder to sign the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. He served 1,543 days in the Continental Congress and was a member of the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence.

Colonial Origins of the American Constitution

Colonial Origins of the American Constitution: A Documentary History Edited and with an Introductory Essay by Donald S. Lutz

American Founding American History Political Thought

This landmark collection of eighty documents created by the American colonists—and not English officials—is the genesis of American fundamental law and constitutionalism. Included are all documents attempting to unite the colonies, beginning with the New England Confederation of 1643.

Creation of the Presidency  The

The Creation of the Presidency, 1775–1789: A Study in Constitutional History By Charles C. Thach, Jr.
Foreword by Forrest McDonald
Original Introduction by Herbert J. Storing

American Founding American History

Fresh from a battle against monarchy, the American Founders were wary of a strong executive, but they were equally conscious that unchecked legislative power risked all the excesses of democracy. Creating an effective executive who did not dominate the legislative body posed a significant challenge. In The Creation of the Presidency, 1775–1789, Charles Thach’s lucid analysis reveals how these conflicting concerns shaped the writing of the Constitution and the early clarification of executive powers.

Crisis The

The Crisis: A British Defense of American Rights, 1775–1776 Edited and with an Introduction by Neil L. York

American Founding Political Thought

The Crisis was a London weekly published between January 1775 and October 1776. It was the longest-running weekly pamphlet series printed in the British Atlantic world during those years, and it used unusually bold, pithy language. Neither the longevity of the effort nor the colorful language employed would be reason enough to collect and print all ninety-two issues under one cover in a modern edition. The Crisis lays claim to our attention because of its place in the rise of freedom of the press, its self-conscious attempt to create a transatlantic community of protest, and its targeting of the king as the source of political problems—but without attacking the institution of monarchy itself.

E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic, 1776–1790 By Forrest McDonald

American Founding American History

Having won independence from England, America faced a new question: Would this be politically one nation, or would it not? E Pluribus Unum is a spirited look at how that question came to be answered.

EighteenthCentury Commonwealthman The

The Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman: Studies in the Transmission, Development, and Circumstance of English Liberal Thought from the Restoration of Charles II Until the War with the Thirteen Colonies By Caroline Robbins

American Founding History

In this volume, Caroline Robbins adeptly presents a history of the Commonwealthmen, “a gifted and active minority of the population of the British Isles, who kept alive, during an age of extraordinary complacency and legislative inactivity, a demand for increased liberty of conscience.”