Further Reading

Gould, Eliga H. and Peter S. Onuf, eds. The American Revolution in the Atlantic World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. This volume of essays presents a multifaceted look at the American Revolution in the context of Atlantic world history. It includes 15 essays on social, political, military, and cultural history stretching from the imperial crisis through the ratification of the Constitution.

Higginbotham, Don. The War for American Independence. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1983. This book is the best one-volume military history of the American Revolution. It explains how the United States won the war, with European help, despite organizational and strategic disadvantages.

Holton, Woody. Unruly Americans and the Origins of the American Constitution. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007. Holton argues in this book that although the framers of the U.S. Constitution feared the middling and lower sort, the Constitution was nonetheless shaped by the desires and interests of people in the states who participated in the ratifying conventions. The conventions were much more democratic than the Constitutional Convention.

Jasanoff, Maya. Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Jasanoff’s book traces the fate of white Loyalists, Indians, and African Americans who supported the British during the American Revolution as they were exiled to Britain and the British empire including Canada, Sierra Leone, India, and Australia.

Kerber, Linda K. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. Linda Kerber examines women’s participation in the American Revolution and how the Revolution then changed gender roles, especially for women. Kerber coined the term “epublican motherhood” to describe the political importance given to white women’s family duties in the aftermath of the Revolution.

Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. This book traces the ideological shifts that accompanied the United States, making it a country first shaped by republicanism and then by a growing sense of the importance of democracy. Wood argues that the American Revolution was much more radical than it is usually given credit for being.

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Bodenhamer, David J. The Revolutionary Constitution. Integrates history and legal interpretation to provide a comprehensive view of the American Constitution.

Bouton, Terry. Taming Democracy: “The People,” the Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution. Focuses on Pennsylvania to show how, during the 1780s, the elite tempered the liberty and equality that had undergirded the Revolutionary struggle, harming the poor and leading to the Whiskey Rebellion.

Davis, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770–1823. A magisterial work exploring the changing ideas regarding slavery throughout the Atlantic world from the American Revolution to the Latin American revolutions.

Egerton, Douglas R. Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. Shows the fundamental place of slavery within the society and political thought of Revolutionary Americans and the ways the Founders failed to provide for gradual emancipation.

Ferling, John. A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic. Offers a sweeping history of the Revolutionary Era from the 1750s to 1800 and shows the slow emergence and acceptance of the idea of independence.

Fischer, David Hackett. Washington’s Crossing. Provides a meticulously researched, compelling retelling of the military campaign of 1776–1777, paying particular attention to the social upheaval that accompanied this civil war.

Isaac, Rhys. Landon Carter’s Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginian Plantation. Explores the struggle for independence and the concomitant upheaval in social relations on a Virginian plantation.

Middlekauff, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763–1789. Provides a narrative history of the Revolutionary Era in this contribution to the Oxford History of the United States series.

Web Sites

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War. From the Smithsonian Institute, this web site includes timelines, short educational movies, artifacts, documents, and much more detailing American Wars including the American Revolution, Indian wars, War of 1812, War with Mexico, and Civil War.

Africans in America. Accompanying the PBS series of the same title, this web site provides information and various primary materials on African American life and culture from the 1400s to the end of the Civil War.

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America. With documents, timelines, images, and other materials, this web site from the New York Historical Society explores the life and impact of Alexander Hamilton.

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary. Offering up a host of information and sources about Franklin’s life and time, this web site provides an in-depth perspective into the late colonial and Revolutionary eras.

The Coming of the American Revolution, 1764–1776. From the Massachusetts Historical Society, this web site brings together primary materials and interpretation to provide an intriguing look at the growing conflict between the colonies and England after the French and Indian War.

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