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The Papers of James Madison
Presidential Series, vol. 2
1 October 1809-2 November 1810


James Madison. Edited by J. C. A. Stagg, Jeanne Kerr Cross, and Susan Holbrook Perdue

Edited by J.C.A. Stagg, Jeane Kerr Cross, and Susan Holbrook PerdueThe thirteen months between October 1809 and September 1910 were dominated by foreign policy problems as Madison labored to protect American neutral rights from the aggressions of France and Great Britain. The published papers... More


The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 1
January-July 1784


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

This is the first volume of an eight-volume edition of Washington's papers in the Confederation period. Unlike the series devoted to Washington's Revolutionary War and presidential papers, the Confederation Series is composed almost entirely of personal letters and includes very few official... More


The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 2
July 1784-May 1785


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

Volume 2 documents Washington's emergence as the extraordinarily active leader of the move to open the upper reaches of the Potomac to navigation and to use it to tie the fast-settling West to the seaboard states. Besides documents relating to Washington's presidency of the Potomac River Company... More


By the Work of Their Hands

Studies in Afro-American Folklife


John M. Vlach

In this book, America's foremost scholar of African-American folklife revolutionizes our understanding of Afro-American material culture. Bringing to the essays his extensive research into the written, oral, and material sources of Afro-American culture as well as his impressive scholarly knowledge... More


Weevils in the Wheat

Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves


Charles L. Perdue, Jr., and Thomas E. Barden

For Henry Adams at the turn of the twentieth century, as for his successors in the twenty-first, the relation of mind to a world remade by technology and geopolitical conflict largely determined the destiny of civil life. Henry Adams and the Need to Know presents fourteen essays that articulate... More


The Wolf by the Ears

Thomas Jefferson and Slavery


John Chester Miller

This analysis of Jefferson's antislavery views and the actions to which they gave rise, the subject matter of The Wolf by the Ears, is necessarily episodic; while chronology has been generally observed, it was not possible to weld this disparate material into the form of a biographical narrative.


Virginia Folk Legends



Thomas E. Barden

What do devil dogs, witches, haunted houses, Daniel Boone, Railroad Bill, "Justice John" Crutchfield, and lost silver mines have in common? All are among the subjects included in the vast collection of legends gathered between 1937 and 1942 by the field workers of the Virginia Writers Project of... More


The American Revolution



Colin Bonwick

This book traces the development of the United States from the 1760s to the consolidation of the federal government during the 1790s. The author argues that the creation of the American republic was a major revolution; by the time it was complete the United States was radically different from... More


Martin's Hundred



Ivor Noel Hume

The author describes his archeological excavation of a seventeenth-century English settlement in Virginia and his discovery of evidence of the early colonial way of life.


The Bill of Rights

Original Meaning and Current Understanding


Eugene W. Hickok, Jr., ed.

While recent years have seen a flood of literature on the Bill of Rights, this collection of essays, all by highly regarded constitutional scholars, is the first to offer a comprehensive amendment-by-amendment, clause-by-clause account of the Bill's recent sweeping transmutation.The book confirms... More


The Edge of The South



Edward L. Ayers

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The Papers of George Washington
Colonial Series, vol. 7
January 1761-June 1767


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

The ten-volume Colonial Series, covering the years 1748-1775, takes the young Washington through his command of the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War and then focuses on his political and business activities as a Virginia planter during the fifteen years before the American... More


James Monroe

The Quest for National Identity


Harry Ammon

A biography of James Monroe who became the fifth president of the United States in 1816. Ammon recreates his remarkable career, through his service in the revolutionary army, the Confederation Congress, to his exertions in James Madison's cabinet and his subsequent presidency.


The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 3
June-September 1789


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

Volume 3 covers most of the summer of 1789 and focuses primarily on the problems facing the new administration. Because of the president's serious illness during this period, a larger proportion of the documents than usual are letters and papers sent to Washington, including massive reports from... More


Visitors to Monticello



Merrill D. Peterson, ed.

Many visitors over the generations have recorded their impressions of Monticello and its creator. These writings, especialy those from Jefferson's lifetime, preserve important details about him and the house and grounds that might otherwise have been lost. In Visitors to Monticello, Merrill D.... More


The Virginia Germans



Klaus Wust

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The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 3
January-March 1776


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

Volume 3 covers the final months of the siege of Boston. It opens with General Washington proclaiming the commencement of the remodeled Continental army on New Year's Day 1776 and closes at the end of March as he prepares to depart for New York in the wake of the British evacuation of Boston.... More


The Papers of George Washington
Colonial Series, vol. 5
October 1757-September 1758


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

The ten-volume Colonial Series, covering the years 1748-1775, takes the young Washington through his command of the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War and then focuses on his political and business activities as a Virginia planter during the fifteen years before the American... More


The Papers of George Washington
Colonial Series, vol. 6
September 1758-December 1760


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

The ten-volume Colonial Series, covering the years 1748-1775, takes the young Washington through his command of the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War and then focuses on his political and business activities as a Virginia planter during the fifteen years before the American... More


The Lawn

A Guide to Jefferson's University


Pendleton Hogan

"This extremely informative guide should prove useful even to those well acquainted with the University of Virginia campus. Other visitors to Charlottesville can rely upon it to guide them on a thoughtful inspection of Jefferson's last great architectural work." — Journal of the Society of... More


The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 1
September 1788-March 1789


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

Volume 1 of the Presidential Series covers the months immediately before Washinton's election. Opening in September 1788, at the point when it was certain that the Constitution would be ratified, the documents trace the mounting public pressure upon Washington to agree to accept the presidency. His... More


The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 2
April-June 1789


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

Volume 2 is concerned largely with Washington's inaugural jouney to New York and his initial activites as president upon his arrival. The documents, with annotations, chronicle the public adulation and the elaborate receptions and public addresses that the new president encountered along his route... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 2
September-December 1775


George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

This volume covers the middle months of the siege of Boston when George Washington faced the delicate task of disbanding one army and recruiting another, all within musket shot of the British forces. Throughout the fall of 1775, assisted and sometimes thwarted by congressmen, New England officials... More


The Religious Life of Thomas Jefferson



Charles B. Sanford

In this new study we have a comprehensive account of Jefferson's religious thought, one that provides information about his beliefs and practices that will help remove any misconceptions about his religious life.Jefferson has long been recognized as a creative thinker ahead of his time. As this... More


The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, vol. 1
4 March-31 July 1801


James Madison. Edited by Robert J. Brugger, Robert Rhodes Crout, Dru Dowdy, Robert A. Rutland, and Jeanne K. Sisson

The Papers of James Madison project, housed at the University of Virginia, was established in 1956 to publish annotated volumes of the correspondence and writings of James Madison, the Virginia statesman most often remembered for his public service as "Father of the Constitution" and as fourth... More


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