Recommended Reading

The American Founding: Suggestions For Further Reading

Allen, W. B., ed. George Washington: A Collection. Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1988.

Banning, Lance. Jefferson and Madison. Madison, WI: Madison House, 1995.

Beeman, Richard. Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution. New York: Random House, 2009.

Bloom, Sol. History of the Formation of the Union Under the Constitution. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office. 1937.

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. Miracle at Philadelphia. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1966.

Brant, Irving. James Madison: Father of the Constitution, 1787-1800. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1950.

Cogan, Neil H., ed. The Complete Bill of Rights: The Drafts, Debates, Sources, and Origins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Commager, Henry Steele, ed. Documents of American History. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1968.

Conley, Patrick T., and John P. Kaminski, eds. The Constitution and the States: The Role of the Original Thirteen in the Framing and Adoption of the Constitution. Madison, WI: Madison House, 1988.

Conley, Patrick T, and John P. Kaminski, eds. The Bill of Rights and the States: The Colonial and Revolutionary Origins of American Liberties. Madison: Madison House, 1992.

Elliot, Jonathan, ed. The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution. 5 vols. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippencott Company, 1836.

Ferris, Robert, ed. Signers of the Constitution. Washington, DC: National Park Service, 1976.

Ford, Paul Leicester, ed. Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States. New York: Da Capo Press, 1968.

Ford, W. C., ed. Journals of the Continental Congress: 1774-1789. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1904.

Gales, Joseph, Sr., ed. Annals of Congress. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1834.

Hening, W. W., ed. Statutes at Large. Richmond: George Cochran, 1823.

Hunt, Gaillard, ed. The Writings of James Madison. New York: G.P. Putman’s Sons, 1900-1910.

Hutchinson, William T., et al, eds. The Papers of James Madison. 17 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1962-91.

Hyneman, Charles S., and Donald S. Lutz, eds. American Political Writings During the Founding Era. 2 vols. Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1985.

Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner, eds. The Founders’ Constitution. 5 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Jensen, Merrill, ed. Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1976.

Lloyd, Gordon and Margie Lloyd, eds. The Essential Bill of Rights. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1998.

Lloyd, Gordon, ed. Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a Member. Ashland, Ohio: Ashbrook Center, 2014.

Labunski, Richard. James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Maier, Pauline. Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.

Main, Jackson Turner. The Antifederalists: Critics of the Constitution, 1781-1788. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1961.

McDonald, Forrest. E Pluribus Unum: The Formation of the American Republic, 1776-1790. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund: 1979.

McMaster, John B., and Frederick Stone, eds. Pennsylvania and the Federal Constitution, 1787-1788. Lancaster, PA: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1888.

Morris, Richard B. Witness at the Creation. New York: New American Library, 1985.

Rossiter, Clinton. 1787: The Grand Convention. New York: The New American Library, 1966.

Rutland, Robert Allen, et al, eds. The Papers of James Madison. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

Rutland, Robert Allen. The Ordeal of the Constitution: The Antifederalists and the Ratification Struggle of 1787-1788. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1983.

Rutland, Robert Allen. The Birth of the Bill of Rights, 1776-1791. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1983.

Schechter, Stephen L. and Richard Bernstein, eds. The Contexts of the Bill of Rights. Albany, New York: New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution, 1990.

Stewart, David O. The Men Who Invented the Constitution. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.

Storing, Herbert, ed. The Complete Anti-Federalist. 7 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981.

Stryett, Harold and Jacob Cooke, eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-1987.

Swindler, William F., ed. Sources and Documents of United States Constitutions. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1973.

Tansill, Charles. Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the Union of the United States. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1927.

Thorpe, F.N., ed. The Federal and State Constitutions. 7 vols. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1909.

Van Doren, Charles. The Great Rehearsal. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.

Veit, Helen, Kenneth Bowling, and Charles Bangs Bickford, eds. Creating the Bill of Rights: The Documentary Record of the First Federal Congress. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1991.

Vile, John R. The Writing and Ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.

Vile, John R. The Men Who Made The Constitution. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2013.

Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Williamsburg, VA: Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1969.)