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The Papers of James Madison
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. 2July 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


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


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


The Papers of George Washington
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
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. 3January-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
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
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
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
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. 2September-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. 14 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


Thomas Jefferson, Lawyer
Frank L. Dewey

At twenty-three, Thomas Jefferson became the youngest practitioner before Virginia's highest court. This is the first book to explore in depth the eight years that Jefferson spent as a trial lawyer. Frank L. Dewey considers how Jefferson prepared for his career, how he acquired a clientele, what... More


The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson
Edwin Morris Betts, ed.

Thomas Jefferson was a prolific letter writer; it has been estimated that he wrote and received as many as fifty thousand letters. The letters here are not limited strictly to family matters but deal with local events in Paris, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, and Albemarle County, Virginia, or... More


Peace and the Peacemakers
The Treaty of 1783 Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert, eds.

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Thomas Jefferson American Humanist
Karl Lehman

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The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson
Sarah N. Randolph

This charmingly written record of the personal life of Thomas Jefferson is the work of Sarah N. Randolph, Jefferson's great-granddaughter. The volume deftly combines the graceful narrative of a ninteenth-century woman of learning, letters by Jefferson and his friends, and excerpts from his memoirs.


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 1June-September 1775 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

Volume 1 of the Revolutionary War Series begins with Washington's address of 16 June 1775 accepting command of the Continental army and continues to the middle of September 1775. The focus of the volume is on Washington's initial effort to make an effective fighting force out of the green... More


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