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  • Armitage, David. The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Armitage, David. "The Declaration of Independence and International Law." William and Mary Quarterly 2002 59(1): 39-64. Issn: 0043-5597 Fulltext online at the History Cooperative
  • Baack, Ben. "Forging a Nation State: the Continental Congress and the Financing of the War of American Independence" Economic History Review 2001 54(4): 639-656. Issn: 0013-0117 Fulltext: in JSTOR
  • Bancroft, George. History of the United States of America, from the discovery of the American continent. (1854-78), vol 8 online edition
  • Barthelmas, Della Gray. The Signers of the Declaration of Independence: A Biographical and Genealogical Reference. McFarland, 2003. 334 pp
  • Becker, Carl. The Declaration of Independence: A Study on the History of Political Ideas (1922), online edition
  • Bernstein, R. B. "Parliamentary Principles, American Realities: The Continental and Confederation Congresses, 1774-1789," in Inventing Congress: Origins & Establishment Of First Federal Congress ed by Kenneth R. Bowling and Donald R. Kennon (1999) pp 76-108
  • Brown, Roger H. Redeeming the Republic: Federalists, Taxation, and the Origins of the Constitution (1993) summary
  • Burnett, Edmund Cody. The Continental Congress: A Definitive History of the Continental Congress From Its Inception in 1774 to March, 1789 (1941)
  • Dershowitz, Alan. America Declares Independence. 2003; attacks notion that founders created a "Christian nation"; online edition
  • Dougherty, Keith L. Collective Action under the Articles of Confederation. 2001. 225 pp excerpt and text search
  • Edling, Max. A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State (2003) online edition
  • Ellis, Joseph J., ed. What Did the Declaration Declare? Bedford Books, 1999. 110 pp. online review
  • Feinberg, Barbara. The Articles Of Confederation (2002). [for middle school children.] excerpt and text search
  • Ferguson, E. James. The Power of the Purse: A History of American Public Finance, 1776–1790 (1961) online edition
  • Fremont-Barnes, Gregory, and Richard A. Ryerson, eds. The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History (ABC-CLIO, 2006) 5 volume paper and online editions; 1000 entries by 150 experts, covering all topics
  • Greene, Jack P., and J. R. Pole eds. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, (2nd ed 2003) long essays by leading scholars; excerpt and text search,
  • Hoffert, Robert W. A Politics of Tensions: The Articles of Confederation and American Political Ideas (1992).
  • Hoffman, Ronald, and Peter J. Albert, eds. Sovereign States in an Age of Uncertainty (1981)
  • Holton, Woody. "Did Democracy Cause the Recession That Led to the Constitution?" Journal of American History 2005 92(2): 442-469. Issn: 0021-8723 Fulltext: in History Cooperative
  • Horgan, Lucille E. Forged in War: The Continental Congress and the Origin of Military Supply and Acquisition Policy (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Jensen, Merrill. The New Nation: A History of the United States During the Confederation 1781-1789 (1950), the standard history full text online
  • Jensen, Merrill. The Articles of Confederation: An Interpretation of the Social-Constitutional History of the American Revolution, 1774-1781 (1959). excerpt and text search
  • Jensen, Merrill. "The Idea of a National Government During the American Revolution", Political Science Quarterly, 58 (1943), 356-79. online at JSTOR
  • Jillson, Calvin, and Rick K. Wilson. Congressional Dynamics: Structure, Coordination, and Choice in the First American Congress, 1774-1789. (1994)
  • Lutz, Donald S. "Why Federalism?" William and Mary Quarterly 2004 61(3): 582-588. Issn: 0043-5597 Fulltext: History Cooperative
  • McDonald, Forest.Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution. (1985) excerpt and text search
  • Mclaughlin, Andrew C. A Constitutional History of the United States (1935) online version
  • Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1998). excerpt and text search
  • Main, Jackson T. Political Parties before the Constitution. University of North Carolina Press, 1974
  • Malone, Dumas. Jefferson and the Rights of Man. 1951. Pp. 550pp, vol 2 of Malone's standard biography
  • Middlekauff, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (2nd ed 2007) general history of the Revolution excerpt and text search
  • Miller, John C. Triumph of Freedom, 1775-1783 (1948), political and military history of the Revolution online edition
  • Morris, Richard B. The Forging of the Union, 1781–1789 (1987), the standard survey
  • Nettels, Curtis. The Emergence of a National Economy, 1775-1815 (1977), the standard economic history
  • Nevins, Allan. The American States during and after the Revolution, 1775-1789 (1927) online edition
  • Rakove, Jack N. The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress (1982).
  • Rakove, Jack N. "The Collapse of the Articles of Confederation," in The American Founding: Essays on the Formation of the Constitution. Ed by J. Jackson Barlow, Leonard W. Levy and Ken Masugi. Greenwood Press. 1988. Pp 225-45 ISBN 0313256101
  • Reid, John Phillip. Constitutional History of the American Revolution: The Authority to Tax (1987) excerpt and text search

Primary sources

  • Burnett, Edmund Cody, ed. Letters of Members of the Continental Congress (1936)

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