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  • Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967.
  • Boyd, Julian and Gerard W. Gawalt, eds. The Declaration of Independence: The Evolution of the Text. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1999.
  • Calloway, Colin G. The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Ferling, John E. Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Franklin, John Hope and Alfred A. Moss, Jr. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2000.
  • Hutson, James H. Religion and the Founding of the American Republic. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1998.
  • Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: The Making of the Declaration of Independence. New York: Random House, 1997.
  • ———. From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765–1776. New York: Norton, 1991.
  • McCullough, David. 1776: The Illustrated Edition. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.
  • Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750–1800. New York: Cornell University Press, 1996.
  • Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
  • Rakove, Jack. Original Meaning: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
  • Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. New York: William Morrow, 2004.
  • Rutland, Robert. Birth of the Bill of Rights. Bicentennial edition. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1991.
  • Smith, Paul H. and Gerard W. Gawalt, et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1976–2000.
  • Stewart, David O. The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.
  • Wilkins, Roger. Jefferson's Pillow: A Black Patriot Confronts the Myths of the Founding Fathers. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001
  • Wills, Garry. Explaining America: The Federalist. New York: Penguin Books, 2001.
  • Wood, Gordon. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

For Younger Readers

  • Catrow, David. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the U. S. New York: Penguin Books, 2002.
  • Donlan, Leni. Benjamin Franklin: A Life Well Lived. Chicago: Raintree, 2007.
  • ———. George Washington: Revolution and the New Nation. Chicago: Raintree, 2006.
  • Fink, Sam. The Constitution of the United States of America. New York: Random House, 1987.
  • Harness, Cheryl. The Revolutionary John Adams. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2003.
  • Quiri, Patricia Ryon. The Bill of Rights. New York: Children’s Press, 1998.
  • ———. The Declaration of Independence. New York: Children’s Press, 1998.

Teacher Institutes

A cooperative endeavor between the Interpretive Programs Office and the Office of Strategic Initiatives, this institute invites educators from across the country to learn about America’s founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—based on the Library’s primary and web based materials. Participants will leave with strategies and materials they can use in their schools. The institute uses the Library's exhibition Creating the United States as its foundation.


  • Thursday, September 9, 2010; 4 pm–7 pm (open house)
  • Friday, September 10, 2010; 8:30 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, September 11, 2010; 8:30 am–4 pm
  • Monday, September 13, 2010; 8:30 am–4 pm

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