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History of the U.S. Under the New Constitution – 1789-1809 – Free eBooks

U.S. History in the Constitution period 1789-1809. Free online books. Includes Federalist System of Government, Barbary Pirates, Lewis & Clark Expedition, Trial of Aaron Burr, Washington and his Slaves, Early American Republic, John Adams Administration, the Whiskey Rebellion, more.

U.S. Politics & Government Books 1783-1809 – Collection

About 60 U.S. Politics & Government Books 1783-1809 free online at the Internet Archive. Some books: American Founding Documents Interpreted, The Creation of the U.S. Constitution, Separating Power: essays on the founding period, The Writings of Samuel Adams, George Washington & American Constitutionalism, Founding Brothers, How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, The Pinckneys of South Carolina, The First Impeachment, many more.

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U.S. Politics & Government 1783-1865 Books Collection

About 60 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States – Politics & Government – 1783-1865”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: How the Constitution was Created, The Founding of America, The Papers of John Marshall, Calendar of the Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, Fifty Years of Party Warfare 1789-1837, The Origins of American Presidential Politics, The Portable Thomas Jefferson, Selected Writings of James Madison, Tenche Coxe and the Early Republic, The Washington Community 1800-1828, many more books on U.S. Politics and Government.

U.S. Social Life & Customs 1783-1865 Books Collection

About 30 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States – Social Life & Customs – 1783-1865”. Some books: The Young United States 1783-1830, A Year’s Residence in the USA, America in the Time of Lewis and Clark, The Reshaping of Everyday Life 1790-1840, The Craft Apprentice from Franklin to the Machine Age, Notions of the Americans picked up by a traveling Bachelor, Views of Society and Manners in America, American Notes for General Circulation, The Stranger in America 1793-1806, many more books on U.S. Social Life and Customs.

Book Name: History of the United States of America (1801-1817) volume 1

– Volume 2 – Volume 3 – Volume 4 – Volume 5

– Volume 6 – Volume 7 – Volume 8 – Volume 9

Author Name: Adams, Henry
NY Scribner’s Sons, Date Published: 1889-90

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Description: This work traces the formative period of American nationality from the rise of Thomas Jefferson’s Republican party through the War of 1812. “Jefferson’s optimistic laissez-faire principles – designed to prevent American government from becoming a militaristic European ‘tyranny’ – clash with the realities of European war and American security.” -Publisher.
Henry Adams is generally considered one of America’s greatest 19th century historians.
Titles of volumes are:

Volume 1 – 1st Administration of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1805): Vol 1
Volume 2 – 1st Administration of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1805): Vol 2
Volume 3 – 2nd Administration of Thomas Jefferson (1805-1809): Vol 1
Volume 4 – 2nd Administration of Thomas Jefferson (1805-1809): Vol 2
Volume 5 – 1st Administration of James Madison (1809-1813): Vol 1
Volume 6 – 1st Administration of James Madison (1809-1813): Vol 2
Volume 7 – 2nd Administration of James Madison (1813-1817): Vol 1
Volume 8 – 2nd Administration of James Madison (1813-1817): Vol 2
Volume 9 – 2nd Administration of James Madison (1813-1817): Vol 3

Book Name: Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America’s Wild Frontier

Author Name: Ambrose, Stephen E.
Pocket, Date Published: 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: ‘This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory’. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies. It was completely uncharted territory; a wild, vast land ruled by the Indians. Charismatic and brave, Lewis was the perfect choice and he experienced the savage North American continent before any other white man. UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero, but it is also a tragedy. Lewis may have received a hero’s welcome on his return to Washington in 1806, but his discoveries did not match the president’s fantasies of sweeping, fertile plains ripe for the taking. Feeling the expedition had been a failure, Lewis took to drink and piled up debts. Full of colourful characters – Jefferson, the president obsessed with conquering the west; William Clark, the rugged frontiersman; Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition; Drouillard, the French-Indian hunter – this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts. Drama, suspense, danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure.

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Book Name:To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders

Author Name: Bailyn, Bernard
Knopf, Date Published: 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: “With these character sketches of key figures of the American Revolution and illuminating probes of its circumstances, Bernard Bailyn reveals the ambiguities, complexities, and uncertainties of the founding generation as well as their achievements. Using visual documentation—portraits, architecture, allegorical engravings—as well as written sources, Bailyn, one of our most esteemed historians, paints a complex picture of that distant but still remarkably relevant world… Bailyn shows, too, why it is that the Federalist papers—polemical documents thrown together frantically, helter-skelter, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in a fierce political battle two hundred years ago—have attained canonical status, not only as a penetrating analysis of the American Constitution but as a timeless commentary on the nature of politics and constitutionalism”. -Publisher

Book Name: The Federalist System 1789-1801 (American Nation, Vol. 11)

Author Name: Bassett, John Spencer
Date Published: 1906 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: An excellent presentation of the problems of the nation in its early days, including the establishment of a party system, a stable financial system, and an international policy. Maps and bibliography. – Standard Catalog 1929

Contents: 1. Launching the New Government (1789-1791) 2. Hamilton’s Financial System (1789-1791) 3. Founding the Republican Party (1790-1792) 4. England and the Northwest (1789-1794) 5. Spain and the Southwest (1789-1795) 6. Neutrality and the Mission of Genet (1793) 7. The Whiskey Insurrection (1793-1795) 8. The Perplexing Problem of British Trade (1793-1796) 9. Washington as a Party President (1795-1797) 10. The Republican Court (1789-1800) 11. The State of Society (1789-1800) 12. The First Victories of Anti-Slavery (1777-1804) 13. Economic Conditions (1789-1800) 14. Political Affairs Early in Adams’s Administration (1797-1798) 15. The Quarrel with France (1796-1797) 16. War or Peace (1797-1798) 17. Alien and Sedition Acts (1797-1798) 18. Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions (1798-1800) 19. Downfall of the Federalists (1798-1801) 20. Critical Essay on Authorities

Book Name: Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy

Author Name: Beard, Charles A.
NY: Macmillan, Date Published: 1915 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: “Charles Austin Beard (1874 – 1948) was, with Frederick Jackson Turner, one of the most influential American historians of the first half of the 20th century. For a while he was a history professor at Columbia University but his influence came from hundreds of monographs, textbooks and interpretive studies in both history and political science. His works included a radical re-evaluation of the founding fathers of the United States, who he believed were motivated more by economics than by philosophical principles.” -Wikipedia

Contents: The federalist-Republican antagonism and the conflict over the Constitution – The party affiliations of the members of the convention – The personnel of the first administration – The Constitution in operation – Hamilton’s system before Congress – Security holding and politics – The economic conflict as reflected in Republican literature – The Federalist analysis of the party conflict – Anti-Federalist resistance to taxation – The economics of the Jay Treaty – The political economy of John Adams – The politics of agrarianism – The great battle of 1800 – Jefferson’s economics and politics

Book Name: America’s First Dynasty: The Adamses 1735-1918

Author Name: Brookhiser, Richard
Free Press, Date Published: 2002 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: In America’s First Dynasty, Brookhiser tells the story of America’s longest and still greatest dynasty — the Adamses, the only family in our history to play a leading role in American affairs for nearly two centuries. From John, the self-made, tough-minded lawyer who rose to the highest office in the government he helped create; to John Quincy, the child prodigy who grew up amid foreign royalty, followed his father to the White House, and later reinvented himself as a champion of liberty in Congress; to politician and writer Charles Francis, the only well-balanced Adams; to Henry, brilliant scholar and journalist — the Adamses achieved longer-lasting greatness than any other American family.
As with any family, there was a darker side to the Adams story: many of its members were abject failures. Alcoholism was a familiar specter, and suicide was not unknown. Only one of the four great Adamses was a kind man and father; the others set standards so impossibly high that few of their children could meet them. Yet despite more than a century of difference from John to Henry, certain Adams traits remained the same. In the story of our first and still-greatest family, we can all see something of our own struggles with family, fate, and history.

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Book Name: The Jeffersonian System, 1801-1811 (American Nation, Vol. 12)

Author Name: Channing, Edward
Date Published: 1906 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: Clear and orderly presentation of a complicated period on which a vast amount of literature has been written. – Standard Catalog 1929

Contents: 1. Organization of Jefferson’s Administration (1801-1805) 2. Republican Reformations (1801-1802) 3. The Tripolitan War (1801-1804) 4. La Louisiane (1684-1800) 5. The Louisiana Purchase (1801-1803) 6. The Administration of Louisiana (1803-1812) 7. The Exploration of the West (1803-1806) 8. Slavery and the Slave-Trade (1801-1808) 9. The Chase Impeachment (1804-1805) 10. John Randolph and the Yazoo Men (1801-1813) 11. The End of the Harvest Season (1803-1805) 12. The Burr Expedition (1805-1807) 13. Foreign Relations (1805) 14. The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair (1801-1807) 15. The Belligerents and Neutral Commerce (1801-1807) 16. The Embargo (1807-1808) 17. Jefferson’s Failure and Flight (1808-1809) 18. International Complications (1809-1810) 19. Madison and the Belligerents (1810-1811) 20. Approach of War (1809-1812) 21. Critical Essay on Authorities

Book Name: Lewis and Clark: Historic Places Associated with Their Transcontinental Exploration (1804-1806)

Author Name: Ferris, Robert G., ed.
U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service, Date Published: 1975 Dewey Dec. 973.91

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Description: This is a volume in the series, “The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings”. “Lewis and Clark were heralds of national destiny. Numerous organizations and individuals have expended commendable efforts in marking the expedition’s route and preserving associated sites. I recommend this book to all those who wish to follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and learn more about one of the most fascinating expeditions in our history.” – Secretary of the Interior

Part I: Lewis and Clark: Historical Background (250 pages). Part II: Lewis and Clark: Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings. Approximately 40 sites are profiled, often including photos.

Book Name: Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution

Author Name: Ferris, Robert G., ed.
U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service, Date Published: 1976 Dewey Dec. 973

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Description: This is a volume in the series, “The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings”. Part I: Signers of the Constitution: Historical Background. Part II: Signers of the Constitution: Biographical Sketches. Part III: Signers of the Constitution: Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings. Part III has profiles for approximately 30 buildings and sites identified with the signers. There appears to be a photo or other illustration included for almost every site.

Book Name: Washington and his Colleagues: A Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of Federalism

Author Name: Ford, Henry Jones
New Haven: Yale University Press, Date Published: 1918 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: Contents: An imitation court – Great decisions – The master builder – Alarums and excursions – Tribute to the Algerines – French designs on America – A settlement with England – Party violence – The personal rule of John Adams

Book Name: The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty

Author Name: Hogeland, William
Scribner, Date Published: 2006 Dewey Dec. 973.4

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Description: A tale of violence, alcohol, and taxes, this story pits President George Washington and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton against angry, armed settlers across the Appalachians. Unearthing a pungent segment of early American history, journalist and popular historian Hogeland brings to life the rebellion that decisively contributed to the establishment of federal authority. In 1791, frontier gangs with blackened faces began to attack federal officials, beating and torturing the collectors who plagued them with the first federal tax ever laid on an American product–whiskey. In only a few years, those attacks snowballed into an organized regional movement dedicated to resisting the fledgling government’s power and threatening secession, even civil war.

Contents: Over the Mountains — The Curse of Pulp — Spirits Distilled Within the United States — Herman Husband — The Neville Connection — Tom the Tinker — The Hills Give Light to the Vales — A New Sodom — Talking — The General Goes West — That So-Called Whiskey Rebellion.

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