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The Constitution before the Judgment Seat
The Constitution before the Judgment Seat

The Prehistory and Ratification of the American Constitution, 1787–1791

Heideking, Jürgen, Kaminski, John P., Leffler, Richard

Originally published in German in 1988, the late Jürgen Heideking's exhaustive study of the debates over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution compares the methods used to...


The Selected Papers of John Jay
The Selected Papers of John Jay

1785-1788

Lawrence, Amanda Reeser, Nuxoll, Elizabeth M.

Volume 4 of The Selected Papers of John Jay opens in January 1785 as John Jay assumes office as secretary for foreign affairs and brings system and order to the long-...


The Meaning of Independence
The Meaning of Independence

John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson

Morgan, Edmund S.

Americans did not at first cherish the idea of political severance from their mother country. In just a few years, however, they came to desire indepen-dence above all else....


The Selected Papers of John Jay
The Selected Papers of John Jay

1788–1794

Lawrence, Amanda Reeser, Nuxoll, Elizabeth M.

Volume 5 opens with John Jay taking a leave of absence from his post as secretary for foreign affairs to serve as a delegate to the New York Ratifying Convention. Following Jay...


Jefferson the President
Jefferson the President

First Term, 1801-1805

Malone, Dumas

Dumas Malone’s classic six-volume biography Jefferson and His Time was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history and became the standard work on Jefferson’s life.

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The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 29

28 October–31 December 1780

Washington, George

In volume 29 of the Revolutionary War Series, problems and frustrations dominate the final nine weeks of 1780 for Gen. George Washington—particularly the failure to strike a...


Industrious in Their Stations
Industrious in Their Stations

Young People at Work in Urban America, 1720-1810

Sundue, Sharon Braslaw

Industrious in Their Stations is the first comparative study of child labor in eighteenth-century America. Focusing on Philadelphia, Boston, and Charleston, Sundue...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 13

December 1777-February 1778

Washington, George, Chase, Philander D.

Volume 13 of the Revolutionary War Series documents a crucial portion of the winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, when the fate of Washington’s army hung in...


Slavery, Secession, and Southern History
Slavery, Secession, and Southern History
Paquette, Robert L., Ferleger, Louis A.

For generations, Civil War historians have debated the causes of our great national conflict. They have argued about the centrality of slavery to disunion, the nature of master...


The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, Volume 7

2 April-31 August 1804

Madison, James, Mattern, David B., Stagg, J. C. A., Barber, Ellen J., Colony, Anne Mandeville, Kreider, Angela, Cross, Jeanne Kerr

Volume 7 of the Presidential Series, covering the period between late October 1813 and June 1814, documents Madison's response to diplomatic developments and European military...


Coming to Terms with Democracy
Coming to Terms with Democracy

Federalist Intellectuals and the Shaping of an American Culture, 1800–1828

Foletta, Marshall

William Tudor, Willard Phillips, and Richard Henry Dana were not their fathers' Federalists. When these young New England intellectuals and their contemporaries attempted to...


Yorktown's Captive Fleet
Yorktown's Captive Fleet
Sands, John O.

This unusual study combines documentary history and archaeological data to produce a fresh account of a major event in American history. The book begins with a reconstruction...


First People
First People

The Early Indians of Virginia

Egloff, Keith, Woodward, Deborah

Incorporating recent events in the Native American community as well as additional information gleaned from publications and public resources, this newly redesigned and updated...


The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison

8 February-24 October 1813

Madison, James

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...


The Business of May Next
The Business of May Next

James Madison and the Founding

Miller, William Lee

"Good fortune offered this nation an unusual chance at ideal nation-forming and...some honorable leaders seized that chance," writes William Lee Miller in The Business of May...


Accommodating Revolutions
Accommodating Revolutions

Virginia's Northern Neck in an Era of Transformations, 1760-1810

Tillson, Albert H., Jr.

Accommodating Revolutions addresses a controversy of long standing among historians of eighteenth-century America and Virginia—the extent to which internal conflict and...


The Diaries of George Washington
The Diaries of George Washington

January 1790-December 1799

Washington, George

Washington was rarely isolated from the world during his eventful life. His diary for 1751-52 relates a voyage to Barbados when he was nineteen. The next two accounts concern...


The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, Volume 6

1 November 1803-31 March 1804

Madison, James, Hackett, Mary A., Stagg, J. C. A., Barber, Ellen J., Colony, Anne Mandeville, Kreider, Angela

In the five-month period covered by this volume of the Secretary of State Series, Madison and Jefferson work jointly to acquire final possession of, and establish a preliminary...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

November 1756-October 1757

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W.

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...


The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison
The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison
Mattern, David B., Shulman, Holly C.

From modest Quaker beginnings as the child of financially insecure parents and the wife of a stolid young lawyer to the excitement and challenges of life as the nation’s first...


New Views of New England
New Views of New England

Studies in Material and Visual Culture, 1680-1830

McNamara, Martha J., Barnhill, Georgia B.

Beautifully illustrated, this collection of essays will introduce the reader to a rich, surprising, thought-provoking, and entirely new view of early New England. Eleven essays...


Revolutionary Prophecies
Revolutionary Prophecies

The Founders and America’s Future

McDonald, Robert M. S., Onuf, Peter S.

The America of the early republic was built on an experiment, a hopeful prophecy that would only be fulfilled if an enlightened people could find its way through its past and...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, Volume 2

July 1784-May 1785

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W., Twohig, Dorothy

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-...


Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution
Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution
Rozbicki, Michal Jan

In his new book, Michal Jan Rozbicki undertakes to bridge the gap between the political and the cultural histories of the American Revolution. Through a careful examination of...


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