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                    History

                    7 visitors recommend:
                    Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland: A Carroll Saga, 1500-1782
                    Source: Amazon
                    Author: Ronald Hoffman and Sally D. Mason
                    State: MD
                    "An eye-opening history of colonial and revolutionary Maryland ... Ronald Hoffman is an excellent historian who has brought great knowledge of Chesapeake social and cultural history to this biographical work that places three generations of the Carroll family within their colonial context."
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                    Political History

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                    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
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                    Author: Joseph J. Ellis
                    "Ellis explains the personal, face-to-face nature of early American politics -- and notes that the members of the revolutionary generation were conscious of the fact that they were establishing precedents on which future generations would rely." (2000)
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                    John Adams
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                    Author: David McCullough
                    The runaway bestseller. "Here a preeminent master of narrative history takes on the most fascinating of our founders to create a benchmark for all Adams biographers. With a keen eye for telling detail and a master storyteller's instinct for human interest, McCullough resurrects the great Federalist (1735-1826)." --Publishers Weekly (May 2001)
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                    Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution
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                    Author: A.J. Langguth
                    "With meticulous research and page-turning suspense, 'Patriots' brings to life the American Revolution -- the battles, the treacheries, and the dynamic personalities of the men who forged our freedom. ... From the secret meetings of the Sons of Liberty to the final victory at Yorktown and the new Congress, 'Patriots' vividly re-creates one of history's great eras." (1989)
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                    The Wit and Wisdom of the Founding Fathers
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                    Author: Paul M. Zall
                    A book of great quotes from Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. (1998)
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                    Notes on the State of Virginia
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                    Author: Thomas Jefferson; edited by William Peden
                    In addition to Jefferson's "Notes on the State of Virginia," this text also includes notes to help elucidate the issues at hand and fill in some historical details.
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                    Common Sense (Penguin Classics Edition)
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                    Author: Thomas Paine
                    "These are the times that try men's souls," begins Thomas Paine's first Crisis paper, the impassioned pamphlet that helped ignite the American Revolution. Published in Philadelphia in January of 1776, Common Sense sold 150,000 copies almost immediately.
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                    The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic
                    Source: Amazon
                    Author: Lance Banning
                    This book describes Madison as a passionate democrat who held strong reservations about federalism and government centralization, not as a dry political pragmatist. (1998)
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                    Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution
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                    Author: Walter B. Edgar
                    "Though sometimes underestimated in standard histories, the American South was of critical importance as a theater of battle in the Revolutionary War .... The war came early to this valuable terrain, first in the form of open combat between Whigs and Tories, then with the arrival of a large British task force that seized Charleston and other ports." (2001)
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                    American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence
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                    Author: Pauline Maier
                    Maier's major contribution is her assertion that the Declaration grew more out of contemporary American experience than on European Enlightenment thought. (1997)
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                    Radicalism of the American Revolution
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                    Author: Gordon S. Wood
                    "Perhaps, as is often noted, the American Revolution was not as convulsive or transforming as its French and Russian counterparts. Wood's contention [is] that the Revolution was 'the most radical and far-reaching event in American history.'" --Kirkus Reviews (1991)
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                    Fourth of July

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                    Harmonizing Sentiments: The Declaration of Independence and the Jeffersonian Idea Jeffersonian Idea of Self-Government
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                    Author: Hans L. Eicholz
                    This book affirms that the American Revolution was a fight for liberty, not just a power struggle, and that fight continues to this today. (2001)
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                    Science

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                    Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy
                    Source: Amazon
                    Author: Andro Linklater
                    This author argues that American freedom and democracy was as much, or more, a product of a particular way of measuring land than a result of revolutionary spirit.
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                    Science and the Founding Fathers
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                    Author: I. Bernard Cohen
                    Learn the role of "science in the political thought of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and Madison." As men of the Enlightenment, the Founding Fathers used scientific analogies and theorems when discussing politics. (1997)
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                    War

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                    Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82
                    Source: Amazon
                    Author: Elizabeth A. Fenn
                    "In this engaging, creative history, Fenn (Natives and Newcomers) addresses an understudied aspect of the American Revolution: the intimate connection between smallpox and the war." (2001)
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