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Richard Beeman

Richard Beeman is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of five previous books on the history of revolutionary America; his biography of Patrick Henry was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received awards from, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has served as Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He also serves as a trustee and vice-chair of the Distinguished Scholars Panel of the National Constitution Center. Richard Beeman lives in Philadelphia.

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The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution
Edited by Richard Beeman, Introduction by Richard Beeman
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$12.00/12.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-312196-1 (0-14-312196-0)

The principal  founding documents of the United States government

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life to create a... Read more






The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution
Written by Richard Beeman
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2010
$13.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311810-7 (0-14-311810-2)

A unique and handy guide to the law of land from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars.

Known across the country for his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Professor Richard Beeman is one of the nation's foremost experts on the United States Constitution. In this book... Read more






Plain, Honest Men
Written by Richard Beeman
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | February 2010
$18.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7684-7 (0-8129-7684-3)

In May 1787, in an atmosphere of crisis, delegates met in Philadelphia to design a radically new form of government. Distinguished historian Richard Beeman captures as never before the dynamic of the debate and the characters of the men who labored that historic summer. Virtually all of the issues in dispute—the... Read more






Supreme Court Decisions
Edited by Richard Beeman, Introduction by Jay M. Feinman
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$13.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312199-2 (0-14-312199-5)

A selection of the landmark Supreme Court decisions that have shaped American society

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American... Read more






American Political Speeches
Edited by Terry Golway and Richard Beeman, Introduction by Terry Golway
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$13.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312195-4 (0-14-312195-2)

A selection of speeches by the most inspiring and persuasive orators in American history

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American... Read more






The Federalist Papers
Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, Edited by Richard Beeman, Introduction by Richard Beeman
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312197-8 (0-14-312197-9)

"The best commentary on the principles of government which ever was written" - Thomas Jefferson

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of... Read more






Lincoln Speeches
Written by Abraham Lincoln, Edited by Allen C. Guelzo and Richard Beeman, Introduction by Allen C. Guelzo
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$13.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312198-5 (0-14-312198-7)

The defining rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln – politician, president, and emancipator

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life to... Read more






Common Sense
Written by Thomas Paine, Introduction by Richard Beeman
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2015
$12.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310759-0 (0-14-310759-3)

The writings that inspired the American Revolution—in an expanded new edition

Thomas Paine’s Common Sense may well be the most influential polemic in all of American history. Published anonymously in 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence, this incendiary call for Americans to revolt against British rule converted millions to the cause of... Read more






Common Sense
Written by Thomas Paine, Edited by Richard Beeman, Introduction by Richard Beeman
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$12.00/12.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-312200-5 (0-14-312200-2)

The radical pamphlet that helped incite the American Revolution

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life to create a... Read more





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