George Washington Institute
American Independence

















     The Washington Institute would like to recommend the following books relating to various aspects of the Revolutionary War.

     The recommendation of these books does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

     They are recommended in order to stimulate debate on the Revolutionary War.

1787: The Grand Convention

A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution

A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution

A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States: From Colonial Times Through the Civil War 

A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789

A Transaction of Free Men: The Birth and Course of the Declaration of Independence

Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Dialogue 

America's Providential History

Benjamin Franklin: Writings

Charleston's Sons of Liberty: A study of the artisans, 1763-1789

Colonies to Nation, 1763-1789: A Documentary History of the American Revolution

Crisis of Empire: Great Britain and the American Colonies, 1754-1783

Daniel Morgan: Revolutionary Rifleman

Debate on the American Revolution, 1761-1783

Declaration of Independence : A Study in the History of Political Ideas

Defending the Declaration: How the Bible and Christianity Influenced the Writing of the Declaration of Independence

Emblem of Liberty: The Image of Lafayette in the American Mind

From Sea to Shining Sea

George Washington : Young Leader

George Washington and the American Military Tradition

George Washington: The Forge of Experience 1732 - 1775 - Volume I

George Washington and the New Nation: 1783-1793 - Volume III

George Washington: Anguish and Farewell 1793-1799 - Volume IV

George Washington's Religious Faith

Give me liberty;: Black valor in the Revolutionary War (Firebird books)

In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson

Inventing America : Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

Jefferson the Virginian - Volume I

Jefferson and the Rights of Man - Volume II

Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty - Volume III

Jefferson the President: First Term 1801-1805 - Volume IV

Jefferson the President: Second Term 1805 - 1809 - Volume V

Jefferson: Sage of Monticello - Volume VI

Liberty's Road: Guide to Revolutionary War Sites, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia

Light and the Glory

Maxims of George Washington: Political, Military, Social, Moral and Religious

On Liberty 

One Nation Indivisible: The Union in American Thought, 1776-1861

Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

Paine and Jefferson on Liberty 


Poor Richards Almanack

Propaganda and the American Revolution: Sons of Liberty and the ballad war

Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolution Through the Eyes of Those Who Fought and Lived It

Redcoats and Minutemen: The American War of Independence

Samuel Adams, the Man of the Town Meeting

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Soldiers of God: The chaplains of the Revolutionary War 

Sons of Liberty.

Sons of liberty: A story of the life and times of Paul Revere,

Swamp Fox

The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams

The American Revolution: A Picture Sourcebook 

The Boston Tea Party

The fall of the first British Empire: Origins of the War of American Independence

The French Forces in America, 1780-1783 

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

The Iroquois in the American Revolution.

The Meaning of Independence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington

The Origins of American Politics

The Papers of George Washington: Revolutionary War Series : June-September 1775

The Portable Thomas Jefferson

The Religious Life of Thomas Jefferson

The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783

The Sons of Liberty and the aristocracy in New York politics, 1765-1790

The Story of the Statue of Liberty

The War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies, and Practice, 1763-1789

The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution

The World of Samuel Adams.

Thomas Jefferson : Writings

To the Farewell Address

Triumph of Freedom, 1775-1783

Unrecognized Patriots: The Jews in the American Revolution

Valley Forge, Crucible of Victory (Revolutionary War Bicentennial)

A Union of Interests: Political and Economic Thought in Revolutionary America

Boys and Girls of Colonial Days

Jefferson and Monticello : The Biography of a Builder

Patrick Henry, The Orator

The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783

The Spirit of Modern Republicanism : The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke

George Washington : The Man Who Would Not Be King

The Traitor and the Spy: Benedict Arnold and John Andre 

The Voices of 1776: The Story of the American Revolution in the Words of Those Who Were There

Empire of Liberty: The Statecraft of Thomas Jefferson

Faces of Revolution : Personalities & Themes in the Struggle for American Independence

From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776

Great Republic: A History of the American People

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

The Light and the Glory for Children: Discovering God's Plan for America from Christopher Columbus to George Washington

World Almanac of the American Revolution

18th Century Highlanders 

A Hessian Diary of the American Revolution

America's War of Independence: A Concise Illustrated History of the Revolutionary War

Colonel William Stacy: Revolutionary War Hero Cordwainer Minuteman Prisoner of War Pioneer

George Washington's War : Saga of the American Revolution, The


Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic

Revolutionary Soldier: 1775-1783

Sweet Land of Liberty

The American Revolution : An Encyclopedia (2 Volume Set)

The American Revolution, Garrison Life in French Canada and New York: Journal of an Officer in the Prinz Friedrich Regiment, 1776-1783

The American Revolutionaries : A History in Their Own Words 1750-1800

The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89

The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson

The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Encyclopedia of the American Revolution

George Washington: A Biography

George Washington and American Constitutionalism 

George Washington's Generals and Opponents: Their Exploits and Leadership

If You Were There in 1776

The American Revolution: "Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!"

Washington: The Indispensable Man

Women Patriots of the American Revolution

A Woman's Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution 

Boston: 1775 : The Shot Heard Around the World 

Envisioning America : English Plans for the Colonization of North America, 1580-1640

General Washington's Army: 1779-1783

Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle: As She Saw It from the Belfry

Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods

Paul Revere's Ride

Revolutionary America 1763 to 1800

The American Revolution in Indian Country : Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities

The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson

The Defender's Study Bible: King James Version With Dust Jacket

The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment

The Fourth of July Story

The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution

Thomas Paine : Collected Writings

John Hancock's Life and Speeches

Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Boston Massacre

The Declaration of Independence With Short Biographies of Its Signers

The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America

The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760-1785

The Minute Men: The First Fight-Myths and Realities of the American Revolution

The Surprise of Germantown: Or, the Battle of Cliveden, October 4th, 1777

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777

To Secure These Rights: The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation

Toward a More Perfect Union: Virtue and the Formation of American Republics

America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army

British Friends of the American Revolution

British Redcoat 1740-1793

First Generations : Women in Colonial America

George Washington : Writings

George Washington's World

Jefferson's "Bible": The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

Patriarch : George Washington and the New American Nation

Reluctant Revolutionaries: New York City and the Road to Independence, 1763-1776

Revolutionary Medicine

The Story of Liberty

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold

Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock

Women in the American Revolution

Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America


A Sacred Union of Citizens: George Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character

American Scripture : Making the Declaration of Independence

Fighting Units of the American War of Independence

George Washington : A Picture Book Biography

If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution

In Irons : Britain`s Naval Supremacy and the American Revolutionary Economy

Never Before in History: America's Inspired Birth

Patriots of the American Revolution

Samuel Adams : The Father of American Independence

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

The Boston Massacre

The Brave Bostonians: Hutchinson, Quincy, Franklin, and the Coming of the American Revolution

The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787

The Founding Fathers on Leadership : Classic Teamwork in Changing Times

The Great Experiment : George Washington and the American Republic

The Honor of Command: General Burgoyne's Saratoga Campaign

The Lamp of Experience: Whig History and the Intellectual Origins of the American Revolution

The Revolutionary War Memoirs of General Henry Lee

The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic

The Wit & Wisdom of the Founding Fathers: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson

Turncoats, Traitors and Heroes

Americans of 1776 - Daily Life in Revolutionary America

Betsy Ross

Come All You Brave Soldiers : Blacks In The Revolutionary War

Decisive Day : The Battle for Bunker Hill

From Slavery to Freetown: Black Loyalists After the American Revolution

George Washington's Diaries: An Abridgment 

George Washington's Mount Vernon: At Home in Revolutionary America

In Their Own Words: Founding Fathers

James Madison: Writings

Letters from an American Farmer

Paul Revere

Paul Revere and the World He Lived In

Redcoats and Petticoats

Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A Political History

Revolutionary Anglicanism: The Colonial Church of England Clergy During the American Revolution

Revolutionary Boston, Lexington & Concord: The Shots Heard Round the World

Revolutionary War Quiz and Fact Book

Saratoga : Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War

The Declaration of Independence: A Model for Individual Rights

The Long Retreat: The Calamitous American Defense of New Jersey, 1776

The Natural Rights Republic: Studies in the Foundation of the American Political Tradition

The Quotable George Washington: The Wisdom of an American Patriot

The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas

The Winter Soldiers : The Battles for Trenton and Princeton

The World Turned Upside Down: George Washington and the Battle of Yorktown

Thomas Hutchinson and the Origins of the American Revolution

Winter At Valley Forge

1776: Son of Liberty, Young Founders 3

An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean

Battle of Paoli

Benedict Arnold: Traitor to the Cause

Defenders of Liberty: African Americans in the Revolutionary War

Eloquence Is Power: Oratory & Performance in Early America

Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox (Revolutionary War Leaders

From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in the South

George III: A Personal History

George Washington

Greatness to Spare: The Heroic Sacrifices of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

Jamestown's American Portraits: An Eye for an Eye: A Story of the Revolutionary War

Jefferson's Declaration of Independence: Origins, Philosophy and Theology

John Hancock : Merchant King and American Patriot

Lafayette: French Freedom Fighter

Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution

Nathan Hale 

Printers and Men of Capital: Philadelphia Book Publishers in the New Republic

Religion and Political Culture in Jefferson's Virginia

Robert Morris: The Financier and the Finances of the American Revolution, Vol. 1

Securing the Revolution: Ideology in American Politics, 1789-1815

Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the American Revolution

Struggle for a Continent : The French and Indian Wars 1689-1763

Suffering Soldiers: Revolutionary War Veterans, Moral Sentiment and Political Culture in the Early Republic

The Declaration of Independence 

The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History, 1775-1865 

The Fighting Gamecock

The Historical Atlas of the American Revolution

The "Infamas Govener": Francis Bernard and the Origins of the American Revolution

The Life of Benjamin Franklin

The Life of General Francis Marion: A Celebrated Partisan Officer, in the Revolutionary War, Against the British and Tories in South Carolina and Georgia

The New Imperial Economy: The British Army and the American Frontier, 1764-1768

The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution

The Revolutionary War

The Shoemaker and the Tea Party : Memory and the American Revolution

Those Damned Rebels: The American Revolution as Seen Through British Eyes

Voices of the American Revolution : Stories of Men, Women, and Children Who Forged Our Nation

A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens

A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin

A Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic

America's Jubilee : How in 1826 a generation remembered fifty years of independence

Benedict Arnold: A Traitor in Our Midst

Benjamin Franklin

Boston Tea Party

Casimir Pulaski: Cavalry Commander of the American Revolution

Creating an American Culture, 1775-1800 : A Brief History with Documents

Hamilton: Writings

John Adams and the Founding of the Republic

John Burgoyne: British General

John Paul Jones: Commemoration at Annapolis

Patrick Henry

Phoenix: Benjamin Franklin: A Biography

Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt

Samuel Adams: Patriot 

Secret New England, Spies of The American Revolution

Sworn on the Altar of God: A Religious Biography of Thomas Jefferson

The American Revolution: The Global Struggle for National Independence

The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party: Angry Colonists Dump British Tea

The Founding of the American Republic: The Causes of War of Independence

The Minutemen and Their World

The Revolutionary War

The War of Independence : The British Army in North America 1775-1783

William Howe: British General 

William Washington : Cavalryman of the Revolution

A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence

A Quaker Experiment in Government: History of Quaker Government in Pennsylvania, 1682 - 1783

Abigail Adams 

Abigail Adams: A Writing Life

After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture

America : A Patriotic Primer

America's Founding Secret: What the Scottish Enlightenment Taught Our Founding Fathers

Baron Von Steuben: American General

Benjamin Franklin

Betsy Ross

Black Stars of Colonial Times and the Revolutionary War: African Americans Who Lived Their Dreams

Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York

Engineers of Independence: A Documentary History of the Army Engineers in the American Revolution, 1775-1783

Eyewitness: American Revolution

Forgotten Patriot: The Life & Times of Major-General Nathanael Greene

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Generous Enemies: Patriots and Loyalists in Revolutionary New York

George Washington and the General's Dog 

Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence

Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry

In God We Trust: Stories of Faith in American History

Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

Jefferson and Religion

Jefferson's America, 1760-1815

Jefferson's Books

John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty

John Adams

John Paul Jones: Father of the American Navy 


Leadership in the American Revolution

Letters from the Head and Heart: Writings of Thomas Jefferson

Liberty! : How the Revolutionary War Began

Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty

Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy 

Party Politics in the Continental Congress

Paul Revere and the Minutemen of the American Revolution

Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: The St. Leger Expedition of 1777

Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes

Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord: The Shots Heard 'Round the World

Samuel Adams: America's Revolutionary Politician

Samuel Adams: Son of Liberty, Father of Revolution

Sealed With Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America

September 11, 1777: Washington's Defeat at Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia

Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution

Slavery at the Home of George Washington 

The American Revolution 1774-1783

The American Revolution: A Continuing Commitment

The American Revolution: A History

The American Revolution and the Early Republic as witnessed by Mercy Otis Warren and Others

The Battle of Lexington and Concord

The Boston Tea Party: Rebellion in the Colonies

The British Atlantic World 1500-1800

The Death of George Washington: He Died As He Lived

The Declaration of Independence: Origins and Impact

The Presidency of George Washington

The Quakers in the Revolution

The Revolutionary Era, Third Edition

The Revolutionary War

The Signers: The Fifty-Six Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence

The Spirit of Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution As Told by Participants

The Storm Gathering: The Penn Family and the American Revolution

The Valley Forge Winter: Civilians and Soldiers in War

The War for American Independence: From 1760 to the Surrender at Yorktown in 1781

The War of the American Revolution

Thomas Jefferson on Leadership: Executive Lessons from His Life and Letters

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Thomas Paine: Political Writer  

46 Pages: Tom Paine, Common Sense, and the Turning Point to American Independence

A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780

A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic

A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State

America's First Dynasty : The Adamses, 1735-1918

American War of Independence Commanders

Battle of Brooklyn 1776

Benjamin Franklin : An American Life

Colonial American Troops 1610-1774

Constitutional History of the American Revolution: The Authority to Tax

Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

General and Madame de Lafayette: Partners in Liberty's Cause in the American and French Revolutions

Gentleman Revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution

George Washington & the Founding of a Nation

George Washington: The Writer : A Treasury of Letters, Diaries, and Public Documents

George Washington's Indispensable Men: The 32 Aides-De-Camp Who Helped Win American Independence

Inventing A Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson

John Paul Jones : Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

Letters from an American Farmer

Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution

Nathan Hale: Hero of the American Revolution 

Partisans and Redcoats : The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution

Peace Pact: The Lost World of the American Founding 

Quebec 1775: The American Invasion of Canada 

Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle

South Carolina and the American Revolution: A Battlefield History

The American Creed : A Biography of the Declaration of Independence

The American Revolution 

The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution

The Battle of Bunker Hill

The Eve of the Revolution

The Faiths of Our Fathers: What America's Founders Really Believed

The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord

The Philadelphia Campaign: June 1777-July 1778

The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778

The Revolutionary War: Letters from the Battlefront 

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence: A Biographical and Genealogical Reference

The Star-Spangled Banner: The Story Behind Our National Anthem

The World Turned Upside Down: The Advent of the American Revolution

The Writings of Samuel Adams

Thomas Jefferson

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

Victory or Death! : Stories of the American Revolution

Why Freedom Matters: The Spirit of the Declaration of Independence in Prose, Poetry, and Song from 1776 to the Present

Yankee Doodle And The Redcoats

A Proper Sense of Honor: Service and Sacrifice in George Washington's Army

Alexander Hamilton

Battles of the Revolutionary War: 1775-1781

British Supporters of the American Revolution, 1775-1783 : The Role of the `Middling-Level' Activists

Chaining the Hudson: The Fight for the River in the American Revolution

Colossus: The Price of America's Empire

Continental Infantryman of the American Revolution

Decisive Battles of the American Revolution

Empire And Nation: The American Revolution In The Atlantic World

Fight for Freedom : The American Revolutionary War

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Franklin, Jefferson, & Madison: on Religion and the State

Frontier War for American Independence

George vs. George : The Revolutionary War as Seen by Both Sides

George Washington

George Washington's Rules of Civility

George Washington's War: The Forging of a Man, a Presidency and a Nation

George Washington, Spymaster : How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War

Governor Alexander Martin: Biography of a North Carolina Revolutionary War Statesman

His Excellency: George Washington

Jefferson & Madison: The Great Collaboration

Jefferson and Madison on the Separation of Church and State

Lexington and Concord : April 19, 1775

Liberty Without Anarchy: A History of the Society of the Cincinnati

Liberty's Children : Stories of Eleven Revolutionary War Children

Miracles of the American Revolution: Divine Intervention and the Birth of the Republic

Monmouth Courthouse 1778: The Last Great Battle in the North

Nathan Hale

Oliver Cromwell: Soldier: The Military Life of a Revolutionary at War

Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolutionary War

Samuel Adams: Father of the Revolution

The American Heritage History of the American Revolution 

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Constitution

The Declaration Of Independence

The Declaration of Independence: words that changed the world

The Loyalists In The American Revolution

The Meaning of Independence: John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson

The Road to Valley Forge : How Washington Built the Army that Won the Revolution

The Women Of The American Revolution

Victory at Yorktown : The Campaign That Won the Revolution

Washington and Cornwallis: The Battle for America, 1775-1783

Washington's Crossing

When Freedom Comes: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book 3 

When Washington Crossed the Delaware : A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots

A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart of the USS Constitution

American Revolution

Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and His Visionary Friends

Declaring Independence: Life During The American Revolution 

Iron Tears : America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783

John Hancock : Independent Boy

John Jay : Founding Father

Let It Begin Here!: Lexington And Concord First Battles Of The American Revolution

Liberty or Death : The American Revolution: 1763-1783

Patriots in Petticoats

Samuel Adams: Patriot And Statesman 

The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character

The Guns Of Independence: The Siege Of Yorktown, 1781

Washington's General : Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution


Promoting a Greater Understanding of the Revolutionary War