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His Excellency
George Washington
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4031-5 (1-4000-4031-0)

The author of seven highly acclaimed books, Joseph J. Ellis has crafted a landmark biography that brings to life in all his complexity the most important and perhaps least understood figure in American history, George Washington. With his careful attention to detail and his lyrical prose, Ellis has set a new... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Revolutionary Summer
The Birth of American Independence
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94637-9 (0-307-94637-1)

A Washington Post Notable Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever... Read more >

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Revolutionary Summer
The Birth of American Independence
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-70122-0 (0-307-70122-0)

A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis.

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching... Read more >

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Israel on the Appomattox
A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War
Written by Melvin Patrick Ely


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 16, 2005
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76872-2 (0-679-76872-6)

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE
WINNER OF THE ALBERT J. BEVERIDGE AWARD
WINNER OF THE WESLEY-LOGAN PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS and JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN PRIZES

Thomas Jefferson denied that whites and liberated blacks could live together in harmony. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not only disagreed, but made it possible for ninety African... Read more >
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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
or, Gustavus Vassa, the African
Written by Olaudah Equiano
Edited by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76115-7 (0-375-76115-2)

Edited and with Notes by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr

“Equiano’s Narrative was so richly structured that it became the prototype of the nineteenth-century slave narrative.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a... Read more >
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Complicity
How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
Written by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46783-6 (0-345-46783-3)

Slavery in the South has been documented in volumes ranging from exhaustive histories to bestselling novels. But the North’s profit from–indeed, dependence on–slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. In this startling and superbly researched new book, three veteran New England journalists demythologize the... Read more >
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Uncommon Ground
Archaeology and Early African America, 1650-1800
Written by Leland Ferguson


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-059-9 (1-56098-059-1)

Winner of the Southern Anthropological Society’s prestigious James Mooney Award, Uncommon Ground takes a unique archaeological approach to examining early African American life. Ferguson shows how black pioneers worked within the bars of bondage to shape their distinct identity and lay a rich foundation for the multicultural adjustments that became colonial... Read more >
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The Constitution of the United States of America

Illustrated by Sam Fink


Format: Hardcover, 136 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59962-082-4 (1-59962-082-0)

The Constitution of the United States of America, inscribed and illustrated by the master calligrapher, Sam Fink, brings to life the issues underlying the triumphs of this abiding document. Originally published in pen and ink in 1987, Mr. Fink has gone back to his original black-and-white art and painted it anew... Read more >

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The Wars of Spanish American Independence 1809-29

Written by John Fletcher


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: December 24, 2013
Price: $20.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-766-1 (1-78200-766-0)

In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte treacherously outmaneuvered the corrupt Spanish Bourbons and installed his brother Joseph as King of Spain, igniting the flames of war across the Iberian Peninsula. Far across the Atlantic, this event lit the fuse for a war that raged for the better part of two decades as Spain’s... Read more >
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Quakers

Written by Peter Furtado


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1250-0 (0-7478-1250-0)

A small sect of fewer than 20,000 in the UK, and approximately 100,000 in the USA, the Quaker religion has produced a disproportionate number of eminent thinkers, scientists, businessmen, and their teachings have been widely influential and become mainstream.

Best known as pacifists, Quakers have always been at the forefront of social justice... Read more >
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Roll, Jordan, Roll
The World the Slaves Made
Written by Eugene D. Genovese


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1976
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71652-7 (0-394-71652-3)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction


“The most profound, learned and detailed analysis of. . . slavery to appear since World War II. It covers an incredible range of topics and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. . . . Genovese’s great gift is... Read more >
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Patriotic Fire
Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans
Written by Winston Groom


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9566-7 (1-4000-9566-2)

From the author of best-selling works of history and fiction, an enthralling retelling of one of the greatest battles fought on the North American continent, and of the two men who—against all expectations and odds—joined forces to repel the British invasion of New Orleans in December 1814.

It has all the... Read more >
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A Reforming People
Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England
Written by David D. Hall


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-44117-5 (0-679-44117-4)

A revelatory account of New England’s Puritans that shows them to have been the most daring and successful reformers of the Anglo-colonial world.

Distinguished historian David D. Hall delineates the program of reform that the colonists undertook and chronicles the previously unheralded success with which they put it into practice. He explains... Read more >
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The Federalist Papers

Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay


Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21340-9 (0-553-21340-7)

Introduction by Garry Wills. Contains the complete, 18th-century text of The Federalist, along with James Madison’s never-before-published marginal notations. It also includes the complete Constitution, an outline of the argument, a quick-reference index and bibliography.

Introduction * An Outline of the Argument * A Note on the Text * The Federalist *... Read more >
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The Federalist
A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States
Written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison
Edited by Robert Scigliano


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75786-0 (0-375-75786-4)

The series of essays that comprise The Federalist constitutes one of the key texts of the American Revolution and the democratic system created in the wake of independence. Written in 1787 and 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the proposed Constitution, these papers... Read more >
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Engines of Change
The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860
Written by Brooke Hindle and Stephen Lubar


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1986
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-539-9 (0-87474-539-X)

Engines of Change is based on a Smithsonian Institution exhibit of the same title. The principal theme is the importance of technological transfer. It ventures beyond discussion of machines and tools to consider the effects of geographical dimension, natural resources, business practices, the role of women, ethnic diversity, and education. In... Read more >

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America at 1750
A Social Portrait
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1973
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71795-1 (0-394-71795-3)

Hofstadter demonstrates how the colonies developed into the first nation created under the influences of Protestantism, nationalism, and modern capitalism.

"Its aim and general character are aptly summarized in the title. This is indeed a 'portrait'--set largely at one point in time, more descriptive than analytic, finely textured, colorful, almost visual... Read more >
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Great Issues in American History, Vol. I
From Settlement to Revolution, 1584-1776
Edited by Richard Hofstadter and Clarence L. Ver Steeg


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1969
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70540-8 (0-394-70540-8)

This first volume of Great Issues in American History--three volumes of documents that cover the history of America from its settlement to the present--gives us a generous sampling of the major political controversies in the Colonial period. Included are such documents as Richard Hakluyt's "Discourse of Western Planting" (1584), "Letter from... Read more >
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Great Issues in American History, Vol. II
From the Revolution to the Civil War, 1765-1865
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1969
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70541-5 (0-394-70541-6)

Volume II gathers documents from the period of the Revolution through the Jacksonian era, up to the Civil War and the Emancipation. To fit both Colonial and Early National courses, documents covering 1765-1776 appear at the beginning of this volume and at the end of Volume I. Read more >
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I Wish I'd Been There
Twenty Historians Bring to Life the Dramatic Events That Changed America
Written by Byron Hollinshead


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9654-1 (1-4000-9654-5)

I Wish I’d Been There brings together twenty of our most distinguished historians’ responses to the question “What scene or incident in American history would you most liked to have witnessed—and why?” The answers illuminate crucial moments in our past and give readers a front-row seat at some of American history’s... Read more >
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Liberty's Exiles
American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Written by Maya Jasanoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7547-8 (1-4000-7547-5)

This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond.

At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. Liberty’s Exiles tells their story... Read more >
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Liberty's Exiles
American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Written by Maya Jasanoff


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4168-8 (1-4000-4168-6)

At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond. Following extraordinary journeys like... Read more >
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The Jefferson Bible
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Written by Thomas Jefferson and Forrest Church


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 4, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7714-6 (0-8070-7714-3)

We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus. There will be remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.–Thomas Jefferson

Featuring an introduction by Forrest Church, this reissue of The Jefferson Bible offers... Read more >

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The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy

Written by Mark Collins Jenkins and David Taylor
Foreword by Douglas Brinkley


Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0933-8 (1-4262-0933-9)

Discover the epic naval story of the war that threatened to undo our nation in 1812. Riveting firsthand accounts enliven this official sea-level view of the conflict that proved American naval prowess a force to be reckoned with. Explore historic documents, letters, ephemera, and artifacts, including fascinating finds from the Navy’s... Read more >

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Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes
Nine Indian Writers on the Legacy of the Expedition
Written by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7749-6 (1-4000-7749-4)

At the heart of this landmark collection of essays rests a single question: What impact, good or bad, immediate or long-range, did Lewis and Clark’s journey have on the Indians whose homelands they traversed? The nine writers in this volume each provide their own unique answers; from Pulitzer prize-winner N. Scott... Read more >
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