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The American Revolution
Reading Group

This is a friendly group of people interested in reading great books about the American Revolutionary Period c.1763 to 1789. It is intended to cover surveys of the American Revolution. If there is interest, we can start specific focus groups about topics such as the War for Independence and American National Formation.

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The surveys below blend political, economic, social and military aspects of the American Revolution.

The American Revolution Reading List

  1. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff
    A classic survey of the American Revolutionary Era
    (Primary Sources will include mostly political documents and letters)
  2. The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89 by Edmund S. Morgan and Rosemarie Zagarri
    A second classic survey of the American Revolutionary Era
    (Primary Sources will include mostly political documents and letters)
  3. The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
    (We will read Revolutionary era diaries and memoirs during this read)
  4. The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution by Michael J. Klarman
    (We will also be reading The Federalist Papers and the Congressional Debates during this read)
  5. Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier
    (We will also be reading The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Congressional Debates during this read)
  6. American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor
  7. From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776 by Pauline Maier
  8. West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt
  9. Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775 by Derek W. Beck and The War Before Independence: 1775-1776 by Derek W. Beck
  10. Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson
  11. The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence by T. H. Breen
  12. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood
  13. American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham
  14. The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America by Gary B. Nash
  15. Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War by Thomas B. Allen

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