Founding Fathers - Books



Below is a selection of books that I have collected over the years that I have found usefull in studying the founding fathers. This list is of course not a comprehensive list. It just contains the books that I have in my private library that I use for source quotes, blog articles, and general research of the founding fathers.
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1776

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.
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America's God and Country (Encyclopedia of Quotations)

With over 2,100 quotations from approximately 700 sources, this exhaustive reference tool contains inspiring quotations ranging from the Magna Carta (1215) to the 1990s. Included are founding fathers, presidents, statesmen, constitutions, court decisions, military heroes, business leaders, scientists, inventors, ministers from a variety of denominations, African-American leaders, musicians, educators, authors, artists, women leaders, British leaders, and more.
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Quotes Found in this book: 1282 1283 1284 1285


America's Godly Heritage

America's Godly Heritage clearly sets forth the beliefs of many famous Founding Fathers concerning the proper role of Christian principles in education, government, and the public affairs of the nation. The beliefs of Founders such as Patrick Henry, John Quincy Adams, John Jay, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Mason, and many others are clearly presented. America's Godly Heritage also provides excerpts from court cases showing that for 160 years under the Constitution, Christian principles were officially and legally inseparable from American public life. The DVD by the same title graphically displays statistics showing what has happened to America since the courts have begun rejecting the Founders' beliefs. This book is an excellent primer for those who want to know more about what was intended for America by the Founders and what can be done to return America to its original guiding philosophy. It's ideal to share with home gatherings, church groups, and Sunday school classes, or to use as a history supplement for children or schools.
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American Heritage: The Magazine of History

A series of Magazines that were published about American History. They were sponsored by American Association for State & Local History as well as the Society of American Historians.
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Quotes Found in this book: 990 997


Documents of American History Volume I

Presents documents designed to illustrate the course of American history from the Age of Discovery to the present. Available in a two-volume hardback format for easy reference and durability.
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Documents of American History Volume II

Presents documents designed to illustrate the course of American history from the Age of Discovery to the present. Available in a two-volume hardback format for easy reference and durability.
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Essays on Liberty - Volume 1

This is a group of essays written by various authors. It was published in 1954 by The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc.
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Essays on the Constitution of the United States, published during its discussion by the people 1787-1788

This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages...
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Quotes Found in this book: 1306


For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

The United States of America was founded on faith, courage and sacrifice. Profound evidence of this was best displayed by General George Washington and his Continental Army during the American Revolution. In fact, more precisely, at Valley Forge during the winter 1777-8. The history of Valley Forge is a tragic story of starvation, disease, desertion and despair. It was at Valley Forge where men like Martin Andrews, the son of a Christian minister, epitomized what the war meant and the bitter consequences if American freedom was not realized. A disgraced soldier who had been demoted for his cowardice in battle, Lieutenant Andrews swore to vindicate himself and prove that he was worthy of command and the respect of his men. To do so, he devises a daring plan that will help improve living conditions and low morale of his regiment. The adventure proves quite difficult, if not impossible, but Andrews is adamant and refuses to give up. The success of him and the men who accompany him will depend on their courage and dedication. But it is his unwavering faith in Almighty God that inspires him to succeed, including sacrificing his life for the holy cause of liberty.
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Quotes Found in this book: 174 418 674 809 830 1107 1108 1109 1110 1111 1112 1113 1114 1115 1117 1118 1119 1120 1121


History of The American People

Old history book that covers the Founding Fathers.
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John Adams

In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
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Letters of a Nation

Letters of a Nation is a unique and timeless collection of extraordinary letters spanning more than 350 years of American history, from the arrival of the Pilgrims to the present day. Many of the more than 200 letters are published here for the first time, and the correspondents are the celebrated and obscure, the powerful and powerless, including presidents, slaves, soldiers, prisoners, explorers, writers, revolutionaries, Native Americans, artists, religious and civil rights leaders, and people from all walks of life.
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Quotes Found in this book: 1051


Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Most people know the importance of the Declaration of Independence, but few know much about its signers. This reprint of an 1848 original provides a brief biography on each of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration. Learn the virtues of these venerated Americans who helped create the most stable and enviable nation in the world.
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Madison's Gift - David O. Stewart

Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation.
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Quotes Found in this book: 1023 1024 1026 1027 1028



Signers of the Declaration

Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Declaration of Independence. Contains a brief summary of the documents creating, biographies of the founding fathers, and descriptions of the historical locations.
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The Adams Papers

The Adams Family Correspondence, Mr. Butterfield writes, "is an unbroken record of the changing modes of domestic life, religious views and habits, travel, dress, servants, food, schooling, reading, health and medical care, diversions, and every other conceivable aspect of manners and taste among the members of a substantial New England family who lived on both sides of the Atlantic and wrote industriously to each other over a period of more than a century." These volumes are the first in the estimated twenty or more in Series 2 of The Adams Papers.
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

A classic of eighteenth-century American history and literature, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography has had an influence perhaps unequaled by any other book by an American writer. Written ostensibly as a letter to his son William, Franklin's Autobiography offers his reflections on philosophy and religion, politics, war, education, material success, and the status of women.
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Quotes Found in this book: 53 113 876


The Constitution, a Heavenly Banner

The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner, and Other Great Constutional Speeches by Ezra Taft Benson, David O. McKay, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. and Bruce R. McConkie" There are many talks, articles, and teachings from the leadership of the LDS Church which pertain to the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution is indeed a "heavenly banner" and is the divine blueprint for civil law upon the earth. It is important for us to take the time to become acquainted with these words, for they have a bearing on the future of our country, and the role we may play individually in the scenes of the Last Days. If the Elders of Israel are to bear away the Constitution from utter destruction, it behoves each of us to learn as much as we can about this inspired document, and what the Brethren have said about it. Table of Contents: Introduction p.5 The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner by Ezra Taft Benson p.6 Stand Up For Freedom by Ezra Taft Benson p 33 A Moral Challenge by Ezra Taft Benson p.64 A Plea for America by Ezra taft Benson p.80 Debt - An Increasing Threat by Ezra Taft Benson p.109 Communism and the Church by David O. McKay p.128 Communism by David O. McKay p.131 Communism and Threats to Political Liberty by David O. McKay p.133 America: The Promised Land of Freedom by David O. McKay p.141 Can We Be Justified? by David O. McKay p.147 The Doctrine of Free Agency by David O. McKay p.154 The United Order vs. Communism by J. Reuben Clark, Jr. p.164 The Constitution by J. Reuben Clark p.177 Know Your Constitution by Bruce R. McConkie p.203
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The Essential Wisdom of the Founding Fathers

The Essential Wisdom of the Founding Fathers collects more than three hundred inspiring and instructive quotations from the men who were present at our nation's inception. Drawn from their speeches, essays, proclamations, and declarations, the thematically arranged contents reflect the subjects of greatest import to the founders as they forged our new republic. This volume includes extracts from texts published in the founders' lifetimes in which they exchange ideas on the meaning of justice, the evils of slavery, the role of the patriot, and the pitfalls of politics. Here, too, are candid excerpts from correspondence in which they express fears about the perilous times they face, and their hopes for a brighter future. Read the thoughts and beliefs of the Founding Fathers in their own words, and rediscover the ideals, heroism, and greatness that have been a part of America from the very beginning
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Quotes Found in this book: 939 940


The Federalist Papers

Written at a time when furious arguments were raging about the best way to govern America, "The Federalist Papers" had the immediate practical aim of persuading New Yorkers to accept the newly drafted Constitution in 1787. In this they were supremely successful, but their influence also transcended contemporary debate to win them a lasting place in discussions of American political theory. Acclaimed by Thomas Jefferson as 'the best commentary on the principles of government which ever was written', "The Federalist Papers" make a powerful case for power-sharing between State and Federal authorities and for a Constitution that has endured largely unchanged for two hundred years.
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Quotes Found in this book: 119 121 122 126 127 128 129 132 135 136 144 145 147 148 149 150 151 152 154 155 157 158 159 161 162 163 173 177 178 180 182 183 184 186 187 188 189 194 195 196 198 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 212 215 216 217 219 222 223 224 225 226 230 231 232 234 235 238 295 297 302 303 305 306 307 309 310 311 312 313 314 316 317 318 321 322 323 325 326 328 333 335 336 339 340 346 349 350 351 352 353 354 358 361 362 363 365 366 369 373 375 376 377 378 379 380 385 390 392 398 400 401 405 765 766 767 773 916


The Five Thousand Year Leap: 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World

The Five Thousand Year Leap will take you by the hand as you discover the ideals of the Founding Fathers and their 28 principles for success. The values explored in detail by Dr. Skousen range from the Founder's prerequisite that the Constitution was designed for a moral people, to a government empowered by the people with checks and balances, along with an understanding of the critical nature of fiscal responsibility and family values. This book sums up the secrets to what James Madison called a miracle.
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The Founding Fathers

A completely newly researched story of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and of the lives of the most prominent framers of the Constitution: Oliver Ellsworth, Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Gotham, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, George Mason, Gouverneur Morris, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Edmund Randolph, John Rutledge, Roger Sherman, George Washington, and James Wilson. Among items discussed are the main compromises of the Convention, the battle over slavery and states' rights, sectional and economic disputes and alliances, and the reason for the great strength of the Constitution as a bulwark of American democracy.
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The Founding Fathers - Alexander Hamilton

A biography in His Own Words
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The Founding Fathers - Nathan Schachner

The inspiring story of the men who guided the United States through its first perilous decade.
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The Gettysburg Address and Other Writings

Abraham Lincoln is a near legendary figure in American history, and the dimensions of his legend assure many shapes based on the historical reality of his achievements. He was the quintessential self-made man who rose from humble origins to become the chief executive of his nation. He was a political idealist whose dedication to ensuring liberty and equality for all resulted in his assassination. And, as the documents collected in this volume attest, he was, although largely self-educated, the author of some of the most eloquent and insightful addresses, speeches, and correspondence in American letters of the nineteenth century.
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The Great Prologue

"This great American nation the Almighty raised up by the power of his omnipotent hand, that it might be possible in the latter days for the kingdom of God to be established in the earth. "If the Lord had not prepared the way by laying the foundations of this glorious nation, it would have been impossible (under the stringent laws and bigotry of the monarchical governments of the world) to have laid the foundations for the coming of his great kingdom. The Lord has done this. "His hand has been over this nation, and it is his purpose and design to enlarge it, make it glorious above all others, and to give it dominion and power over the earth, to the end that those who are kept in bondage and serfdom may be brought to the enjoyment of the fullest freedom and liberty of conscience possible for intelligent men to exercise in the earth."
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The Origins of American Constitutionalism

In The Origins of American Constitutionalism, Donald S. Lutz challenges the prevailing notion that the United States Constitution was either essentially inherited from the British or simply invented by the Federalists in the summer of 1787.
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The Real Benjamin Franklin

The Real Benjamin Franklin: The True Story of America's Greatest Diplomat. There are many Benjamin Franklins -- or at least he has taken on many different forms in the history books of the last two centuries. Some historians have shown us an aged statesman whose wise and steadying influence kept the Constitutional Convention together in 1787, while others have conjured up sensational tales of a lecherous old diplomat.
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The Real George Washington

The Real George Washington: The True Story of America s Most Indispensable Man. There is properly no history; only biography, wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. If that is true of the general run of mankind, it is particularly true of George Washington. The story of his life is the story of the founding of America. His was the dominant personality in three of the most critical events in that founding: the Revolutionary War, the Constitutional Convention, and the first national administration. Had he not served as America's leader in those three events, all would likely have failed -- and America, as we know it today, would not exist.
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The Real Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson is the central figure in American history, and...he may yet prove to be the central figure in modern history. So stated noted historian Henry Steele Commager. And as the English novelist Samuel Butler once wrote, Though God cannot alter the past--historians can. His observation is especially applicable to our changing perceptions of great historical personalities, most of whom are relentlessly reinterpreted by each new generation of biographers.
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The Selected Political Writings of John Locke

His political thought inspired and helped to justify the American Revolution and deeply influenced the American constitution, and his arguments in favor of human rights, political equality, and government by consent are now accepted worldwide.
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The story of the Declaration of Independence

This book is broken down into three parts. Part One: The Declaration Then, Part Two: The Signers, and Part Three: The Declaration Until Now. it also contains a bunch of good pictures and a list of acknowledgements.
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The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom

In every generation there are certain people, approximately three percent or less of the population, who determine whether freedom flourishes or declines.
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Quotes Found in this book: 1337 1338


The Wit and Wisdom of the Founding Fathers

With a foreword by Roy Blount Jr., Z all (Abe Lincoln Laughing, Univ. of Tennessee, 1995) embarks on an unusual collection of writings and anecdotes from the personal correspondence and private memoirs of the Founding Fathers. Each chapter begins with an introduction to the life of each man in a clear, interesting style, followed by a collection of humorous quotations that add a new dimension to the stern image we have of these personages. The book reveals Franklin's sense of irony as well as his mastery of practical jokes and low puns, Washington's proclivity for telling tall tales, John Adams's pledge to his fiancée to collect more dirty jokes than any of her suitors, and Jefferson's wry sense of humor. Although many of the quotations can be found in other sources, this work draws together only humorous quotations and creates a valuable resource for understanding contemporary issues. Readers with a sense of history who like scholarship lightened with humor will enjoy this book. A welcome addition to school, public, and academic libraries.
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Quotes Found in this book: 1150 1151 1152 1153 1154 1155 1156 1157 1158


Triumph of the American Nation

A textbook tracing the political, social, and economic history of the United States from the discovery of America to the present day.
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United States History: To 1877

A survey of United States history, from the first English colonies in North America to the Civil War and the Reconstruction era.
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Unpublished letters of Charles Carrol of Carrollton

Preface: At this time of awakening interest in all the appertains to the history of the Colonial Era of our country, the compiler of these Letters of Charles Carroll of Carrollton feels that he is warranted in publishing them...
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Quotes Found in this book: 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019


Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack

Hundreds of delightful aphorisms, carefully selected from many issues of Franklin's popular 18th-century publication: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"; "Love your Neighbor; yet don't pull down your Hedge"; "He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas" and many more.
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Quotes Found in this book: 727 870 871 891 1168