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Biography (Late eighteenth century)

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  • John Randolph of Roanokeby David Johnson

    LSU Press 2012; US$ 38.00

    One of the most eccentric and accomplished politicians in all of American history, John Randolph (1773--1833) led a life marked by controversy. The long-serving Virginia congressman and architect of Southern conservatism grabbed headlines with his prescient comments, public brawls, and clashes with every president from John Adams to Andrew Jackson.... more...

  • Securing American Independence: John Jay and the French Allianceby Frank Brecher

    ABC-CLIO 2003; US$ 101.00

    Brecher explores the controversial diplomacy by which the United States separately brought to a de facto close its War of Independence against the British, leaving its one ally, France, in the lurch. He focuses on the two dominant, ostensibly allied peace negotiators, John Jay and Vergennes. Veteran diplomat and diplomatic history author Frank... more...

  • Shapers of the Great Debate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Biographical Dictionaryby Joseph Morton

    ABC-CLIO 2005; US$ 87.00

    As the oldest still operational written constitution in the world, the U.S. Constitution?and the concepts it proclaims? have been under almost constant attack since its inception. At a convention in 1787, fifty-five delegates assembled in Philadelphia to revise and amend the Articles of Confederation, only to emerge sixteen weeks later with a new... more...

  • Stephen R. Bradleyby Stephen R. Bradley; Dorr Bradley Carpenter

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 49.95

    Stephen R. Bradley was a Revolutionary War commander and U.S. Senator credited with writing the Twelfth Amendment and advocating a banning of the slave trade. This collection of Bradley's letters and personal papers provides a range of rare and significant material. This previously unpublished correspondence with presidents and the country's... more...

  • Words of the Founding Fathersby Steve Coffman

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 75.00

    This text collects quotations, passages and documents attributed to America's six essential founders. Topics covered include liberty, religion, revolution, republican government, the constitution, education, commerce, class, war and peace, and the disenfranchised (slaves, Native Americans and women). Each of the book's quotations is sourced... more...

  • American Machiavelliby John Lamberton Harper

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 24.00

    Alexander Hamilton rose from his humble beginnings as an illegitimate West Indian orphan and emigrant to become the premier statebuilder and strategic thinker of the American Founding generation. more...

  • Benjamin Franklin, Genius of Kites, Flights and Voting Rightsby Seymour Stanton Block

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2004; US$ 39.95

    This unconventional biography of Benjamin Franklin, the great American Renaissance man, explores examples of Franklin's diverse genius and accomplishments in different fields. Among the topics explored are Franklin's views on women's issues, such as disapproving of impractical hoopskirts, supporting their education, and suggesting insurance... more...

  • Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolutionby Jonathan R Dull

    University of Nebraska Press 2010; US$ 14.95

    The inventor, the ladies’ man, the affable diplomat, and the purveyor of pithy homespun wisdom: we all know the charming, resourceful Benjamin Franklin. What is less appreciated is the importance of Franklin’s part in the American Revolution: except for Washington he was its most irreplaceable leader. Although aged and in ill health,... more...

  • Benjamin Franklin's Humorby Paul M. Zall

    The University Press of Kentucky 2006; US$ 35.00

    Humor is sometimes a serious business, especially the humor of Benjamin Franklin, a master at revealing the human condition through comedy. For the country's bicentennial, Reader's Digest named Franklin "Man of the Year" for embodying the characteristics we admire most about ourselves as Americans -- humor, irony, energy, and fresh insight. Recreating... more...

  • Burr, Hamilton, and Jeffersonby Roger G. Kennedy

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 30.99

    This book restores Aaron Burr to his place as a central figure in the founding of the American Republic. Abolitionist, proto-feminist, friend to such Indian leaders as Joseph Brant, Burr was personally acquainted with a wider range of Americans, and of the American continent, than any other Founder except George Washington. He contested for power with... more...