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Revolutionary War books. Books on the American Revolution & the founding of the U.S. 1775-1789. Free online history books; vintage and modern. Social causes of the Revolution, political causes, military history of the war, consequences of the Revolution. Plus Articles of Confederation government, through the adoption of the Constitution in 1789.

Revolutionary War Books (1775-1783) – Collection

About 380 Revolutionary War books free online at the Internet Archive. Some nonfiction books on the American Revolution: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence, The American Revolution: opposing viewpoints, The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson: continental soldier, American Revolution Battles and Leaders, How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution, The Real George Washington, African Americans in the Revolutionary War, Lord Cornwallis: British General, America in the Time of George Washington, and many more. Also many works of fiction here. Best Revolutionary War books, books on the American Revolution free online.

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American Revolution Campaigns Books 1775-1783 – Collection

About 80 American Revolution Campaigns books free online at the Internet Archive. Some Books: The American Revolution through British Eyes, A People’s History of the American Revolution, The Surrender of Yorktown, The Winter at Valley Forge, Early Battles of the American Revolution, Burgoyne’s Invasion of 1777, The Biggest Battles of the Revolutionary War, Frontier Defense on the Upper Ohio 1777-1778, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolutions, and many more. Best Revolutionary War books, books on the American Revolution free online.

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U.S. Politics & Government Books 1775-1783 – Collection

About 150 U.S. Politics & Government Books 1775-1783 free online at the Internet Archive. Some Books: The Portable Thomas Jefferson, Common Sense, How England Lost the American Colonies 1760-1785, Political and Cultural Wars in 18th Century America, Samuel Adams: a life, Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, Burr – Hamilton and Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, Washington Writings, Selected Letters of the Adams Family (Abigail and John) 1762-1784, many more. Books on the American Revolution, consequences of the American Revolution, Revolutionary War books.

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. Consequences of the American Revolution, aftermath of the American Revolution, U.S. History 18th Century.

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

About 60 U.S. Politics & Government Books 1783-1865 free online at the Internet Archive. Some books: Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States 1750-1850, The Founding Presidents, The Political Culture of the American Whigs, Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison, The Education of John Randolph, The Washington Community 1800-1828, The Forging of the American Navy, Inventing the Job of President, many more. Consequences of the American Revolution, aftermath of the American Revolution, U.S. History 18th Century.

A Naval History of the American Revolution

– Volume 2

Allen, Gardner W.
1913 Dewey Dec. 973.3

“Scholarly, detailed history of maritime activities of both cruisers and privateers in the war of independence. Based on thorough study of the original sources from which it quotes largely. Nineteen illustrations from portraits and contemporary pictures, 14 maps, bibliography and index.” – Standard Catalog 1929

Contents: 1. The Opening of Hostilities, 1775 2. Naval Administration and Organization 3. Washington’s Fleet, 1775 and 1776 4. The New Providence Expedition, 1776 5. Other events on the Sea in 1776 6. Lake Champlain, 1776 7. Naval Operations in 1777 8. Foreign Relations, 1777 9. Naval Operations in 1778 10. European Waters in 1778. Revolutionary War books free online, books on the American Revolution.

As If an Enemy’s Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution

Archer, Richard
Oxford Univ. 2010 Dewey Dec. 973.3

In the dramatic few years when colonial Americans were galvanized to resist British rule, perhaps nothing did more to foment anti-British sentiment than the armed occupation of Boston. As If an Enemy’s Country is Richard Archer’s gripping narrative of those critical months between October 1, 1768 and the winter of 1770 when Boston was an occupied town. Bringing colonial Boston to life, Archer deftly moves between the governor’s mansion and cobblestoned back-alleys as he traces the origins of the colonists’ conflict with Britain. When the British government decided to garrison Boston with troops, it posed a shocking challenge to the people of Massachusetts. The city was flooded with troops; almost immediately, tempers flared and violent conflicts broke out. Archer’s vivid tale culminates in the swirling tragedy of the Boston Massacre and its aftermath, including the trial and exoneration of the British troops involved. American Revolution causes, social causes of American War of Independence.

Broadsides and Bayonets; the Propaganda War of the American Revolution

Berger, Carl
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania 1961 Dewey Dec. 973.3

Originally published in 1961, author Carl Berger has “attempted to encompass the story of propaganda and subversion in the American Revolutionary War. The archives and literature of the Revolution contain many intriguing references to “secret arts and machinations,” some relating to incidents familiar to us, others touching on events long forgotten. This book for the first time brings them together in a single narrative, examining their role and importance.” -Publisher

Contents: American Propaganda and the Struggle for Canada – The Campaign to Win the Indians’ Allegiance – The Incitement of Negro Insurrection – The Campaign to Subvert the Hessians – Propaganda and Military Operations – Kidnappings, Rumors, and Bribes – Overseas Propaganda – Washington, Congress, and the Declaration of Independence: Epilogue. American Revolution causes, causes of American War of Independence, Revolutionary War books.

A History of the American Revolution

First published in London under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Improved with maps and other illustrations

Blake, John Lauris
NY: Harper 1846 Dewey Dec. 973.3

Reverend John Lauris Blake (1788-1857) was a Congregational minister from New Hampshire. He was a founder of ‘Ladies’ Magazine’ and headmaster of the Cornhill School for Young Ladies. Revolutionary War books, books on the American Revolution.

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Battles of the American Revolution 1775-1781. Historical and Military Criticism, with Topographical Illustration

Carrington, Henry B.
NY: Barnes 1876 Dewey Dec. 973.3

Henry Beebee Carrington (1824-1912) was a lawyer, professor, author and an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, when he was promoted to Brigadier General while serving as an intelligence officer. He authored at least a dozen books, published between 1847 and 1910. Revolutionary War books, books on American Revolution.

The War of the American Revolution: Narrative, Chronology, and Bibliography

Coakley, Robert W. and Conn, Stetson
Washington: Center of Military History, U.S. Army 1975 Dewey Dec. 973.3

This publication was produced by the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History in conjunction with the celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial, specifically to commemorate the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War. The purpose was to provide a “ready reference” for study of the Continental Army, a “distillation of existing scholarship in the form of a summary and chronology of events, and a bibliography which provides the basis for additional reading, study, or research.” -Preface. Best Revolutionary War books, books on American Revolution.

Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams & James Madison

Cohen, I. Bernard
Norton 1995 Dewey Dec. 973.3

America’s founding fathers were remarkably well-rounded people, not least in their understanding of science. Thomas Jefferson was the only president who could read and understand Newton’s Principia. Benjamin Franklin, in 1775, held international fame in science. John Adams had the finest education in science the new country could provide, and James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, peppered his Federalist Papers with reference to physics, chemistry, and the life sciences. For these men science was an integral part of life – including political life. This is the story of their scientific education and of how they employed that knowledge in shaping the political issues of the day, incorporating scientific reasoning into the Constitution.

American Prisoners of the Revolution

Dandridge, Danske
Charlottesville, VA: Michie 1911 Dewey Dec. 973.3

Caroline “Danske” Dandridge (1854-1914) was a daughter of the first U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. She married a farmer in Shepherdstown, VA, and began in the 1880s to write poetry for the “New York Independent” and other periodicals. From 1891 to 1904 she turned to writing gardening articles and works on American history.

Contents: (First 14 or 40 chapter headings) Introductory – The riflemen of the revolution – Names of some of the prisoners of 1776 – The prisoners of New York–Jonathan Gillett – William Cunningham, the provost marshal – The case of Jabez Fitch – The hospital doctor–a Tory’s account of New York in 1777–Ethan Allen’s account of the prisoners – The account of Alexander Graydon – A foul page of English history – A boy in prison – The newspapers of the revolution – The Trumbull papers and other sources of information – A journal kept in the provost – Further testimony of cruelties endured by American prisoners. Revolutionary War books to download, American Revolution books online free.

A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution

Draper, Theodore
Times 1996 Dewey Dec. 973.3

Draper’s startlingly original account of the causes and nature of the American Revolution is an acute dissection of the process that led to the final break with England and to the armed revolt in 1775. He lucidly examines the logic of dissolution, and the manifold ways in which trade and commerce resulted in an inexorably unfolding revolutionary process.

Contents: An accession of power — Speculative reasoners — He is the patriot — Fashionable reading — What subordination? What obedience? — This million doubling — A sort of independency — Combustible material — The winners, and the losers — Our British privileges — Patchwork government — The very foundations of this kingdom are sinking — We are therefore, SLAVES — Flattering whispers of independency — Blood in the streets — If this be not a tyranny — The dye is now cast — To raise a flame — The Rubicon passed — A degree of importance. Best Revolutionary War books, American Revolution political causes, American War of Independence.

Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light

Dunn, Susan
Faber and Faber 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.3

In 1790, the American diplomat and politician Gouverneur Morris compared the French and American Revolutions, saying that the French “have taken Genius instead of Reason for their guide, adopted Experiment instead of Experience, and wander in the Dark because they prefer Lightning to Light.” Although both revolutions professed similar Enlightenment ideals of freedom, equality, and justice, there were dramatic differences. The Americans were content to preserve many aspects of their English heritage; the French sought a complete break with a thousand years of history. The Americans accepted nonviolent political conflict; the French valued unity above all. The Americans emphasized individual rights, while the French stressed public order and cohesion.
Why did the two revolutions follow such different trajectories? What influence have the two different visions of democracy had on modern history? And what lessons do they offer us about democracy today? In a lucid narrative style, with particular emphasis on lively portraits of the major actors, Susan Dunn traces the legacies of the two great revolutions through modern history and up to the revolutionary movements of our own time. Her combination of history and political analysis will appeal to all who take an interest in the way democratic nations are governed.

Contents: Sister revolutions — Revolutionary leadership — Conflict or consensus? — Revolutionary talk, revolutionary stage — Declaring–and denying–rights — Enlightenment legacies — On “Her majesty’s loyal opposition” — The Bill of Rights — Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.” Books on American Revolution.

Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America

Egerton, Douglas R.
Oxford Univ. 2009 Dewey Dec. 973.3

In Death or Liberty, Douglas R. Egerton offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history stretching from Britain’s 1763 victory in the Seven Years’ War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800. While American slavery is usually identified with antebellum cotton plantations, Egerton shows that on the eve of the Revolution it encompassed everything from wading in the South Carolina rice fields to carting goods around Manhattan to serving the households of Boston’s elite. More important, he recaptures the drama of slaves, freed blacks, and white reformers fighting to make the young nation fulfill its republican slogans. Although this struggle often unfolded in the corridors of power, Egerton pays special attention to what black Americans did for themselves in these decades, and his narrative brims with compelling portraits of forgotten African American activists and rebels, who battled huge odds and succeeded in finding liberty–if never equality–only in northern states.

Contents: The trials of William Lee: A life in the age of revolution — Equiano’s world: The British Atlantic Empire in 1763 — Richard’s cup: Slavery and the coming of the revolution — The transformation of Colonel Tye: Black combatants and the war — Quok Walker’s suit: Emancipation in the North — Absalom’s “meritorious service” : Antislavery in the Upper South — Captain Vesey’s cargo: Continuity in Georgia and the Carolinas — Mum Bett takes a name: The emergence of free Black communities — Harry Washington’s Atlantic crossings: The migrations of Black loyalists — A suspicion only: Racism in the Early Republic — Eli Whitney’s cotton engine: Expansion and rebellion — General Gabriel’s flag: Unsuccessful coda to the revolution. Best Revolutionary War books, 18th Century American Society.

Domestic History of the American Revolution

Ellet, Elizabeth Fries Lummis
Lippincott 1850 Dewey Dec. 973.3

The object of this work is ” … to exhibit the spirit and character of the Revolutionary period; to portray, as far as possible in so brief a record, the social and domestic condition of the times, and the state of feeling among the people, with something of the services and experience of a class not usually noticed among those whose names live in historical remembrance. With this view, a short and comprehensive narrative of the successive events of the war is interspersed with domestic details and anecdotes illustrative of the state of the country at various intervals.” – Author’s Preface

Contents: (First 12 of 27 chapters) The British Colonies in North America – Difficulties with Great Britain – Commencement of the War – State of Society—Female Influence—Evacuation of Boston—Attempt at the South—Battle of Moore’s Creek – Declaration of Independence—Female Spy—Battle of Long Island – Occupation of New York—State of the Country—Retreat through New Jersey—American Successes – Sentiment of Europe—Winter Quarters—New Attempt on Philadelphia—Occupation—March of Burgoyne—Murder of Jane McCrea – The Battles of Saratoga—the Prisoners at Cambridge – Female Agency—Valley Forge—State of Philadelphia – British Prisons in New York – British Prison Ships—The Illicit Trade on Long Island Sound—Whaleboat Warfare – The French Alliance—The Mischianza—Battle of Monmouth—Condition of the Country. 18th Century American society, American Revolution causes, Revolutionary War books.

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