American History

  • E Pluribus Unum

    by Forrest McDonald

    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. Forrest McDonald is Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Alabama and author of States’ Rights and the Union.

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  • Empire and Nation

    by John Dickinson and Richard Henry Lee

    Two series of letters described as “the wellsprings of nearly all ensuing debate on the limits of governmental power in the United States” address the whole remarkable range of issues provoked by the crisis of British policies in North America out of which a new nation emerged from an overreaching empire. Forrest McDonald is Professor Emeritus of American History at…

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  • Essays by “The Free Republican,” 1784–1786

    by Benjamin Lincoln, Jr.

    This is the first modern publication of ten essays published in the popular Boston newspaper The Independent Chronicle, a significant intellectual event in Massachusetts politics. The essays deal primarily with the problem of mixed government in a republic. Lincoln writes, “Two distinct and different orders of men seems incident to every society,” and these “two contending interests,” fed by a…

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  • Exploring the Bounds of Liberty

    by Jack P. Greene and Craig B. Yirush

    Exploring the Bounds of Liberty presents a rich and extensive selection of the political literature produced in and about colonial British America during the century before the American Revolution. Most colonial political pamphlets and broadsides were printed in London, but even in the mid-seventeenth century some writings were published in New England, which then had the only printing presses in…

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  • Fame and the Founding Fathers

    by Douglass Adair

    The fifteen articles, essays, notes, and documents gathered in this collection are a permanent contribution to study of the American founding. As teacher, critic, and editor of the William & Mary Quarterly, Adair demonstrated what Trevor Colbourn—one of his principal students—describes as an “extraordinary ability to enter empathetically into the experience and ideology of the Founding Fathers while at the…

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  • The Federalist

    by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

    The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Written and published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which were then bound by the Articles of Confederation, The Federalist remains of singular importance to students of liberty…

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  • The Founders’ Constitution

    by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner

    A triumph of primary-source research, The Founders’ Constitution is a brilliant five-volume series that presents “extracts from all the leading works of political theory, history, law, and constitutional argument on which the Framers and their contemporaries drew and which they themselves produced.” The documentary sources and inspirations of The Founders’ Constitution reach to the early seventeenth century and extend through…

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  • Friends of the Constitution

    by Colleen A. Sheehan and Gary L. McDowell

    There were many writers other than John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton who, in 1787 and 1788, argued for the Constitution’s ratification. In a collection central to our understanding of the American founding, Friends of the Constitution brings together forty-nine of the most important of these “other” Federalists’ writings. Colleen A. Sheehan is Professor of Political Science at Villanova…

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  • George Washington

    by George Washington

    George Washington speaks for himself on behalf of liberty and the emerging American republic in this handsome book, the only one-volume compilation in print of his vast writings. While Washington is recognized as a military leader and the great symbolic figure of the early republic, many fail to appreciate the full measure of his contributions to the country. In these…

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  • Growth of the American Revolution: 1766–1775

    by Bernhard Knollenberg

    In the fall of 2002, Liberty Fund published noted historian Bernhard Knollenberg’s Origin of the American Revolution. Now Liberty Fund proudly announces the publication of the second volume of Knollenberg’s masterwork on the American Revolution. Knollenberg describes Growth of the American Revolution as “. . . an Account of the Change in the Minds and Hearts of a Majority of…

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  • The History of the American Revolution

    by David Ramsay

    David Ramsay’s History of the American Revolution appeared in 1789 during an enthusiastic celebration of nationhood. It is the first American national history written by an American revolutionary and printed in America. Ramsay, a well-known Federalist, was an active participant in many of the events of the period and a member of the Continental Congress from South Carolina. This is…

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  • History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution

    by Mercy Otis Warren

    Mercy Otis Warren has been described as perhaps the most formidable female intellectual in eighteenth-century America. This work (in the first new edition since 1805) is an exciting and comprehensive study of the events of the American Revolution, from the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765 through the ratification of the Constitution in 1788–1789. Steeped in the classical, republican tradition, Warren…

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