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The power of the Web comes from the network of links to sites around the world. It puts at your fingertips materials from more libraries than you could visit in a lifetime. Try surfing the Web to find materials that enrich a course's syllabus. A growing number of sites are useful for history students. To get you started, here are a few links offering materials pertinent to this course.



Overview of the American Revolution, a reference resource from the Columbia Encyclopedia
Liberty, Web site of the PBS documentary series on the American Revolution. [We will be appraising this site throughout the semester.]
Supplement to the PBS Liberty series at the H-Net site
Africans in America, PBS series including a segment on the American Revolution
From Resistance to Revolution
, part of a web survey of materials in US History at the University of Virginia
The Apotheosis of Washington, a presentation on George Washington's reputation in his lifetime and in American history at the American Studies site of the University of Virginia

Collections of Sources Materials

The Avalon Project, Yale University
18th Century Materials at Hanover College
Documents in Early American History

Documents for the Study of American History, University of Kansas
Documents in Military History, Hillsdale College 
The Eighteenth Century, at the University of Pennsylvania
A Hypertext on American History
American & British History Resources on the Net at Rutgers University
The George Washington Papers, Library of Congress
The Washington Papers at the University of Virginia.
James Madison Papers
Jefferson Papers
Spy Letters of the American Revolution from the Clements Library Collection
Records of the Federal Convention, 1787[Farrand] 
from the Library of Congress

A Treasury of Primary Sources

RELATED BROOKLYN COLLEGE COURSES: Students interested in the study of the eighteenth-century world and themes relevant to this course may want to sample some of these courses.

History 41.1  The Colonial World
History 43.2  American Constitutional History

History 43.7  Ideas that Made America, 1607-1865
History 24.5  England from the Wars of the Roses to the Glorious Revolution
History 24.1  Kings, Courts, and Society in Early Modern Europe
History 21.6  Humanism and its Classical Origins
History 51.5  The History of Caribbean Societies from the European Conquest to the End of Slavery
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Africana Studies 12.5 Early African American History
Art 14.90  Rococo to Revolution
Art 16.10  American Art from the Colonial Period Through the Civil War
Comparative Literature 24  Baroque and Classicism
English 31.3   English Literature of the Age of Reason
English 31.4   English Drama of the Restoration and the 18th Century
English 31.5   The Eighteenth-Century Novel
Music 11.3  Music History & Score Analysis III: High Baroque through Early Romanticism
Philosophy 12.1  Modern Philosophy
Philosophy 20  Political Philosophy
Political Science 50  Political Thought I
Political Science 54  American Political Theory

Speech 33.4  Studies in Public Address


Guide to Analyzing Primary Sources, Professor Gerardi, History Department
Advice on Writing Papers, Professor Gerardi, History Department
Writing Guide, Professor Currah, Political Science Department
Tips for Better History Papers, Professor Burrows, History Department
Writing Guide, University of Wisconsin
Academic Integrity, A Guide by Professor Currah, Political Science.
Citation Guide for Electronic Sources

Valley of the Shadow, an exemplary digital archive on the Civil War, University of Virginia.
The Virginia Center for Digital History 


Virtual Reference Desk: History and Area Studies
Virtual Reference Desk: Humanities
Index of Resources for History
Historians and Philosophers, a collated web index, 1750 to Present
Avalon Project at Yale University, electronic texts
Library of Congress, "American Memory", a collection of photos, sound, and film.
American Studies, at Georgetown University with links to hundreds of sites.
Library of Virginia, 600,000 images in colonial history and WWII photos.
Legal Studies American History Index


The literature on the American Revolution and Early Republic is vast and still growing at an intimidating rate. You will find good leads to more reading in the bibliographies of the course's books. Be sure to check:

bulletH-Net's Online Bibliography at their site on the American Revolution, a supplement to the PBS site Liberty.
bulletReadings on the period from 1763 to 1815 compiled by Ross W. Beales, Jr. 

A selection of books useful to students in this course during the last few years:

Bailyn, Bernard, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Harvard University Press, 1967) [a classic]

Beeman, Richard, Stephen Botein, Edward C. Carter II, eds. Beyond Confederation: Origins of the Constitution and American National Identity (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1987)

Berkin, Carol, First Generations: Women in Colonial America (New York: Hill and Wang, 1996)

Bobrick, Benson, Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution (New York: Penguin Books, 1998)

Brown, Charles Brockden, Edgar Huntly: Or, Memories of a Sleep-Walker (Penguin), a novel

Crane, Elaine Forman, ed., The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker (Northeastern University Press, 1991)

Cunningham, Noble E. Jr. , In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson (Baton Rouge:Louisiana State University Press, 1987)

Curry, Thomas J., The First Freedoms: Church and State in America to the Passage of the First Amendment (New York : Oxford Universityiversity Press, 1986)

Davidson, Cathy N., Revolution and the Word: Th Rise of the Novel in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986)

Dowd, Gregory Evans, Spirited Resistance: The North-American Indian Struggle for Unity (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991)

Draper, Theodore, A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution (Times Books/Random House, 1996)

Egnal, Marc, A Mighty Empire: The Origins of the American Revolution (Ithica, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988)

Emerson, Everett, ed. American Literature, 1764-1789 (Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1977)

Flexner, James Thomas, The Traitor and the Spy: Benedict Arnold and John Andre (Syracuse University Press, 1991)

Fliegelman, Jay , Prodigals & Pilgrims: the American Revolution Against Patriarchal Authority, 1750-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

Gilje, Paul and Howard B. Rock, eds., Keepers of the Revolution: New Yorkers at Work in the Early Republic (Ithica, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992)

Godbold, E. Stanly, Jr. and Robert H. Wo, Christopher Gadsden and the American Revolution (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1991)

Kammen, Michael, ed., The Origins of the American Constitution: A Documentary History (New York: Viking, 1986)

Langley, Lester D., The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997)

Maier, Pauline, From Resistance to Revolution (New York, 1972)

Maier, Pauline, "Revolutionary Origins of the American Corporation," The William & Mary Quarterly, vol 50 (Jan 1993), 51-84

Marini, Stephen A., Radical Sects of Revolutionary New England (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982)

Mayer Henry, A Son of Thunder: Partrick Henry & the American Republic (New York: Franklin Watts, 1986)

McLaughlin, Jack, Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1988)

McLoughlin, William G., Cherokee Renaissance in the New Republic (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992)

Meaders, Daniel E., Kidnappers in Philadelphia: Isaac Hopper's Tales of Oppression, 1780-1843 (New York: Garland Press, 1994)

Merrit, Richard, Symbols of American Community, 1735-1775 (New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1966)

O'Brien, Connor Cruise, The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography and Commented Anthology of Edmund Burke (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992

Olson, Alison Gilbert, Making the Empire Work: London and American Interest Groups, 1690-1790 (Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 1992)

Peterson, Merrill, D. and Robert C. Vaughan, eds., The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988, Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life).

Pitcher, W.R. ed., Imaging America: Anecdote, Tale, and Short Story in the Eighteenth Century (Union College Press, 1995)

Shy, John, ed., Winding Down: The Revolutionary War Letters of Lieutenant Benj Gilbert, 1780-1783 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1989)

Ulrich, Laurel T., A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990; Vintage, 1991)

Wills, Gary, Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence (Random House, 1978)

Wood, Gordon, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (Chapel Hill, 1969)

Wood, Gordon, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (Vintage Books, 1993)

Wood, Gordon, ed., The Rising Glory of America, 1760-1820 (Revised Edition, Northeastern University Press, 1990 [1971]) A collection of sources.

Wright, Esmond, An Empire for Liberty: The Origins and Foundations of the United States of America (Cambridge, MA.: Blackwell Publishers, 1993)

Ziff, Larzer, Writing in the New Nation: Prose, Print, and Politics in the Early United States (Yale University Press, 1993)


Alexander, John K.," Urban America in the Revolutionary Era: Studies in the Neglected Period of American History" (Journal of Urban History 5 (February 1979), 241-53)

The William and Mary Quarterly, April 1993 (Special Issue on the Revolution)





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