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Biography (Late eighteenth century)

  • Revolutionary Medicineby Jeanne E. Abrams

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 69.00

    Before the advent of modern antibiotics, one’s life could be abruptly shattered by contagion and death, and debility from infectious diseases and epidemics was commonplace for early Americans, regardless of social status. Concerns over health affected the founding fathers and their families as it did slaves, merchants, immigrants, and everyone... more...

  • John Jayby Roben Alarcon

    Teacher Created Materials Publishing 2004; US$ 8.99

    John Jay served in all three branches of the government. Once the Constitution was written, he was a staunch supporter of the document, joining some other men in anonymously writing “The Federalist Papers,” which explained to the public why the Constitution should be ratified. Soon after, he was made chief justice of the Supreme Court, and... more...

  • Securing American Independenceby FRANK BRECHER

    ABC-CLIO 2003; US$ 129.00

    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 Brecher... more...

  • The Founding Fathers Reconsideredby R.B. Bernstein

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 13.99

    Here is a concise, scholarly, yet accessible overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as "the Founding Fathers"--who got as close to the ideal of the Platonic "philosopher-kings" as American or world history has ever seen. In The Founding Fathers... more...

  • Poorer Richard's Americaby Tom Blair; Tom Brokaw

    Skyhorse Publishing 2010; US$ 17.76

    For decades, Benjamin Franklin?s Poor Richard?s Almanack provided sage advice and commentary on eighteenth-century America. Now, a modern businessman reflects?writing as Benjamin Franklin?on what America has become. Federal and personal debt are ballooning beyond sustainable levels. Our futures are being jeopardized. Partisan bickering and the... 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...

  • The First Americanby H.W. Brands

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 18.00

    National Bestseller  He was the foremost American of his day, yet today he is little more than a mythic caricature in the public imagination. Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor,... more...

  • George Mason, Forgotten Founderby Jeff Broadwater

    The University of North Carolina Press 2006; US$ 30.00

    George Mason (1725-92) is often omitted from the small circle of founding fathers celebrated today, but in his service to America he was, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "of the first order of greatness." Jeff Broadwater provides a comprehensive account of Mason's life at the center of the momentous events of eighteenth-century America. Mason... more...

  • Virtue, Valor, and Vanityby Eric Burns

    Arcade Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    Washington, Adams, Henry, Jefferson, Franklin, and Hamilton: their ambitions, intrigues, and jealousies shaped the birth of the nation, but they overcame their foibles and imperfections to throw off the chains of tyranny and form a more perfect union. We think of them now as faces on money or statues on pedestals, and, as Burns illustrates in luminous... more...

  • Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinsonby Jane E. Calvert

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 30.00

    This 2009 book traces the theory of Quaker constitutionalism from the early Quakers through Founding Father John Dickinson to Martin Luther King, Jr. more...