The Early Republic: America After the Revolution
Summer Institute 2003 - Bibliography
*American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2001. 0844410489
A resource guide that makes extensive use of the rare book, photograph, and special collections of the Library of Congress. Many of the resources focus on 18th and 19th century collections, but it does cover women up until contemporary times.
Austin, Aleine. Matthew Lyon, "New Man" of the Democratic Revolution, 1749-1822. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1981. 027100262X
A biography on the pioneer and politician, active in both Vermont and Kentucky.
*Bailyn, Bernard. To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders. New York: Knopf, 2003. 0375413774
Includes essays on Jefferson, Franklin in Paris, and the Federalist Papers.
Barreiro, Jose, ed. Indian Roots of American Democracy. Ithaca, N.Y.: Akwekon Press, 1992. 1881178005
*Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998. Hardcover: 0674810929 Paperback: 0674002113
Award-winning work by University of Maryland Historian provides a comprehensive look at the world of slavery, complete with many primary sources; see also Berlin’s new work Generations of Captivity: A History of African American Slaves for a closer look at the experience of slavery.
Brant, Irving. James Madison and American Nationalism. Princeton, N.J.: Van Nostrand, 1968. OP
Braun, Joseph A. and C. Frederick Risinger, eds. Surfing Social Studies. Silver Spring, MD: National Council for the Social Studies, 1999. 0879860782
Calloway, Colin G., ed. The World Turned Upside Down: Indian Voices from Early America. Boston: Bedford Books, 1994. 0312083505
Casto, William R. The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: the Chief Justiceship of John Jay and Oliver Ellsworth. Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 1995. 1570030332
*Conley, Patrick T. and John P. Kaminski, eds. The Constitution and the States: the Role of the Original Thirteen in the Framing and Adoption of the Federal Constitution. Madison, WI: Madison House, 1988. 0945612028
A collection of essays by historians knowledgeable about individual states and their place in the early republic.
*Davis, David Brion and Steven Mintz. The Boisterous Sea of Liberty: A Documentary History of America from Discovery through the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 0195116704
Arranged chronologically, this book presents an exciting array of primary sources for a wide range of historical events.
*The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States. Introduction by Pauline Maier. New York : Bantam Books, 1998. 0553214829
*"The Early Republic", Magazine of History, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Winter 2000)
Elkins, Stanley. The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800. New York : Oxford University Press, 1993. Hardcover: 0195068904 Paperback: 019509381X
*Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877. New York: Harper and Row, 1989. 006091453x
Columbia University’s Foner provides the first comprehensive work on this controversial era in decades. This is an excellent starting point for any study of reconstruction.
*Foner, Eric. The Story of American Freedom. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. Hardcover: 0393046656 Paperback: 0393319628
Another recent book by the prolific historian focuses on what freedom is and how it developed in America. Several chapters are devoted to the meaning of freedom in the early republic.
Foot, Michael and Isaac Kramnick, eds. The Thomas Paine Reader. New York : Penguin Books, 1987. 0140444963
*Horton, James Oliver and Lois E. Horton. In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community and Protest among Northern Free Blacks, 1700 - 1860. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. 0195124650
"The Industrial Revolution", Magazine of History, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Fall 2000)
Jefferson, Thomas. The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Adrienne Koch and William Peden. New York: Modern Library, 1998, c1944. 0375752188
*Kaplan, Sidney and Emma Nogrady Kaplan. The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution. Revised edition. Amherst: Unversity of Massachusetts Press, 1989. 0870236636
*LePore, Jill. The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity. New York: Knopf, 1998. 0679446869; Paperback 0375702628
An extremely accessible history of the war from the Indian and settlers sides; references and includes many primary documents.
*Litwack, Leon. North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790 - 1860. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. OP
A comprehensive scholarly effort to explore the meaning of race in the northern states before the Civil War.
*McCullough, David. John Adams. New York : Simon and Schuster, 2001. Hardcover: 0684813637 Paperback: 0743223136
A biography of Adam’s life as a farmer and lawyer, his relationship with his beloved Abigail, and the role he played in the turbulent events leading up to the founding of the nation.
*Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York: Knopf, 1997. 0679454926
*Meinig, D.W. The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1986. 0300038828
Beginning with the struggle over where to build the Pacific railway, the book details the settlement of the American West, the nation’s increasing consolidation, and America’s imperialist efforts in the Caribbean and Pacific.
Morris, Richard B. The Forging of the Union, 1781 - 1789. New York: Harper and Row, 1987. 006015733X
Morton-Smith, James. Freedom's Fetters. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1966. OP
*Nash, Gary. Red, White and Black: The Peoples of Early North America. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1974. Paperback: 0139567569
An authoritative, interpretive historical account of the interactions between Native Americans, African-Americans, and Whites during the Colonial period.
*Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, 1997. 0486296024
*Peters, Ronald M. The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780: A Social Compact. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1978. 087023143X
*Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the American Revolution. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1961. 0807808334
Rakove, Jack N. James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic. New York: Longman, 2002. 0321087976
Rhodehamel, John H. Foundations of Freedom. Los Angeles: Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1991. 9991426302
*Richter, Daniel. Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2001. Hardcover: 0674006380 Paperback: 0674011171
Richter offers a masterly work that avoids the long-standing notion that Native Americans were nothing more than marginalized bystanders as Europeans colonized North America.
*Rosenfeld, Richard N. American Aurora: A Democratic-Republican Returns: the Suppressed History of our Nation’s Beginnings and the Heroic Newspaper that Tried to Report It. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997. 0312150520
Written as if by William Duane, publisher of the radical 1790’s Philadelphia Aurora, this book recounts actual events with articles and letters from the paper.
Sharp, James R. American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. 0300055307
Simon, James F. What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002. 0684848708
*Smith, Barbara Clark. After the Revolution: The Smithsonian History of Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985. 0394543815
Wallace, Anthony and Eric Foner, eds. The Long, Bitter Trail: Andrew Jackson and the Indians. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993. 0809015528
*Weatherford, Jack. Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1988. 0449904962
*Weatherford, Jack. Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1991. 0517574853
Provides examples of the vital role Indians played in forming cultural, social, and political practices in America.
Wills, Garry. Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1978. 0385089767
*Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Random House, 1993. 0679736883
Pulitzer prize-winning work that provides a clear look at traditional society and provides context for the early republic.
Wright, Donald R. African Americans in the Early Republic, 1789-1831. New York: Harlan Davidson, 1993. 0882958976
It is an excellent survey of the lives and thoughts of blacks during the first four decades of this nation's existence. Wright looks especially closely at what he terms "a second forced migration," the varying nature of slave life, slave revolts and slave resistance, the life of free blacks, and the Early Republic's mix of racism, colonizationism, and abolitionism.
Resources for Students
Banks, Joan. The U.S. Constitution. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2001. (ES/MS) 079105991X
An introduction to the Constitution, the Constitutional convention and interpreting the Constitution today.
*Bober, Natalie S. Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution. New York: Aladdin, 1995.
See also Bober’s biography of Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson: Man on a Mountain.
Brenner, Barbara. If You Were There in 1776. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.
Demonstrates how the concepts and principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence were drawn from the experiences of living in America in the late eighteenth century, with emphasis given to how children lived on a New England farm, a Southern plantation, and the frontier.
Bjornlund, Lydia. The U. S. Constitution. New York: Lucent, 1999. (MS/HS) 1560064862
From the Words That Changed History series, these useful volumes focus on two important documents in American history. ‘Constitution’ explains why the document was needed, the factors considered in structuring the nation's government, the key players at the Constitutional has been amended, and a discussion of its success. Appendixes include the full text of the U.S. Constitution, a list of its amendments, and a chart indicating checks and balances among the three branches of government.
Depauw, Linda Grant. Founding Mothers: Women of America in the Revolutionary Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975. (MS) 0395218969
Feinberg, Barbara Silberdick. The Articles of Confederation: the First Constitution of the United States. Brookfield, CT: Twenty-first Century Books, 2002. (MS) 0761321144
Feinberg, Barbara Silberdick. The Dictionary of the U.S. Constitution. New York: Franklin Watts, 1999. (MS) 0531115704
A dictionary of terms and concepts related to the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court decisions which have interpreted it.
*Fritz, Jean. Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. Illustrated by Tomie dePaola. New York : Putnam, 1987. (MS) 0399214046
Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
*Harrington, M.R. The Indians of New Jersey: Dickon Among the Lenapes. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1966. Paperback: 0813504252
An English boy journeys in search of his kidnapped Indian brother Little-Bear and learns the ways of the five Indian nations making up the Iroquois League.
Kallen, Stuart A. James Madison. Minneapolis: Abdo Publishing Co., 2001. (ES/MS) 1577650158
A biography of the fourth president of the United States focusing on his role crafting the Constitution.
*Kelley, Robin D.G. and Earl Lewis, eds. The Young Oxford History of African Americas. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995-1997. (MS/HS) 0195085027
An 11 volume series that introduces African-American history from the 15th through the 20th century.
Kronenwetter, Michael. Congress of the United States. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 1996. (ES/MS)
Explains the early history and development of the Congress along with more contemporary information.
*Marrin. Albert. George Washington and the Founding of a Nation. New York: Dutton, 2003. (MS/HS) 0525470689
*Meltzer, Milton. The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words. New York: HarperCollins, 1987. (MS) 069004643X
Voices of a variety of well-known and less known figures from the time of the revolution.
*Miller, Brandon Marie. Growing Up in Revolution and the New Nation: 1775-1800. Minneapolis: Lerner, 2002. (ES/MS) 0822500787
*Perrin, Pat and Wim Coleman, eds. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights: Research American History. Carlisle, MA: Discovery Enterprises, 2000. (MS) 1579600697
Rosenburg, John M. First in Peace: George Washington, The Constitution and the Presidency. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1998. (MS/HS)
Severance, John B. Thomas Jefferson: Architect of Democracy. New York: Clarion Books, 1998. (MS) 0395845130
A highly readable biography that concentrates more on Jefferson’s public life and accomplishments, and skims over many personal details, e.g. his relationship with Sally Hemmings. Illustrated with archival material, Jefferson quotes and bibliography.
Sobel, Syl. The U.S. Constitution and You. Illus. by Denise Gilgannon. New York: Barron's. 2001 (ES/MS) 0764117076
A straightforward overview of what the Constitution is and what it does. Short chapters on the various components and aspects of the document are direct and easy to understand as branches, checks and balances, and rights are defined and explored.
Yoder, Carolyn P., ed. George Washington the Writer: a Treasury of Letters, Diaries and Public Documents. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2003. (MS) 1563971992
*Africans in America. Alexandria, VA: PBS, 2001. (MS/HS) (6 hours)
Award-winning series that documents Africans in America from the 1600’s to the present.
The Constitution of the United States. Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998. (general) (93 min.)
Illustrates the history and content of the U.S. Constitution, using period and contemporary images.
Founding Fathers. South Burlington, VT: A&E, 2000. (general) (3 hours.)
4 part series profiling Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, in their own words and writings.
*A Fragile Freedom: African American History Sites. New York: The History Channel, (general) 50 min.)
Video tour of sites important to Black history; hosted by James O. Horton.
*Freedom: A History of US. Alexandria, VA: PBS, 2003. (ES/MS) (7 hours)
Based on the series A History of US by Joy Hakim.
Traveling Tocqueville’s America. Washington, D.C: C-SPAN, 1998. (MS/HS) (96min.)
A documentary that reviews Alexis deTouqueville’s travels across America in 1831-1832.
*Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. New York: HBO Video, 2003. (MS/HS) (75 min.)