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Image:The American Revolution: A Basic Bibliography

This bibliography includes highlights of a vast literature. The emphasis is on well-received recent books and works that have achieved the status of classics. When possible, works that are currently available have been chosen. Each entry concludes with the book’s Library of Congress call number. A more in-depth bibliography can be found at the Revolutionary War page of H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine.

General Studies:

Countryman, Edward. The American Revolution. New York: Hill and Wang, 1985. In print in paperback, E208 C73

Greene, Jack P., ed. The American Revolution: Its Character and Limits. New York: New York Univ. Press, 1978. 432 pp. E209 A497

Middlekauff, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789. Vol. II of the Oxford History of the United States. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1982. In print in paperback, E173 O94

Morgan, Edmund S. The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, rev. ed., 1993. In print in paperback, E 208 M85

Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Chapel Hill: IEAHC, Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1998 [1969]. In print in paperback, JA84 U5 W6

African Americans:

Frey, Sylvia. Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991. In print in paperback, E269 N3 F74

Kaplan, Sidney, and Emma Nogrady Kaplan. The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution. Amherst: Universtiy of Massachusetts Press, 1989. In print in paperback, E269 N3 K36

Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996 [1961]. In print in paperback, E269 N3 Q1

Background, Ideological Underpinnings:

Andrews, Charles M. The Colonial Background of the American Revolution: Four Essays in American Colonial History. Rev. ed. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1931. Out of print. E210 A55

Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1967. In print in paperback, JA84 U5 B3

Cook, Don. The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760-1785. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996. In print in paperback, E210 C665

Jennings, Francis. The Creation of America: Through Revolution to Empire. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2000. In print in paperback, E210 J43

Wood, Gordon. The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. In print in paperback (Random House), E209 W65

Declaration of Independence:

Becker, Carl L. The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas. New York: Random House, 1958. In print in paperback, JK128 B4

Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. In print in paperback, Vintage, 1998, E221 M24


Bemis, Samuel Flagg. The Diplomacy of the American Revolution. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 1957. Out of print. E249 B455D

Dull, Jonathan R. A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1985. In print in paperback, E249 D859


Gelbert, Doug. American Revolutionary War Sites, Memorials, Museums and Library Collections: A State-by-State Guidebook to Places Open to the Public. McFarland & Co., 1998. In print in hardcover, E230 G45

Indian Nations:

Calloway, Colin G. The American Revolution in Indian Country, Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1995. In print in paperback, E83.775 C35

Dowd, Gregory Evans. A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745- 1815. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1992. In print in paperback, E77 D694


Moore, Christopher. The loyalists: Revolution, Exile, Settlement. McClelland & Stewart, 1994 [1984]. In print in paperback, E277 M76

Mackesy, Piers. The War for America, 1775-1783. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993 [1964]. In print in paperback, E208 M14

Shy, John. A People Numerous and Armed: Reflections on the Military Struggle for American Independence. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, rev. ed., 1990. In print in paperback, E230 S5


Coggins, Jack. Ships and Seamen of the American Revolution. 1969. Out of print. E271 C63

Morison, Samuel E. John Paul Jones: A Sailor’s Biography. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute Press, 1999 [1959]. In print in paperback, E207 J7 M6

Regional Studies:

Alden, John Richard. The South in the Revolution, 1763-1789. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1957. Vol. III of A History of the South. In print in hard cover, F209 H673

Gross, Robert A. The Minutemen and Their World. New York: Hill and Wang, 1976. In print in paperback, F74 C8 G76

Lumpkin, Henry. From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in the South. Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1981. In print in paperback, E230.5 S7 L85

The Revolution in American Memory:

Kammen, Michael. A Season of Youth: The American Revolution and the Historical Imagination. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988 [1978]. In print in paperback, F 209 K35

Young, Alfred F. The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution. Boston: Beacon Press. In print in paperback, E215.7 Y68


Gundersen, Joan R. To Be Useful to the World: Women in Revolutionary America, 1740-1790. New York: Twayne, 1996. In print in hardcover, E276 G86

Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750- 1800. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996 [1980]. In print in paperback, HQ1418 N67

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