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Edmund Morgan/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about Edmund Morgan.
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Morgan's Books

  • The Puritan Family (1942)
  • Virginians at Home: Family Life in the Eighteenth Century (1952)
  • The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution (1953), with Helen M. Morgan,
  • The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89 (1956), short survey
  • The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop (1958)
  • The American Revolution: A Review of Changing Interpretations (1958), short pamphlet
  • The Mirror of the Indian: An Exhibition of Books and Other Source Materials (1958), 57pp guide to exhibit
  • Editor, Prologue to the Revolution: Sources and Documents on the Stamp Act Crisis, 1764-1766 (1959)
  • The National Experience: A History of the United States (1963) coauthor of colonial and Revolution sections of this college textbook; several editions to 1989
  • Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea (1963)
  • Editor, The Founding of Massachusetts: Historians and the Sources (1964)
  • The American Revolution: Two Centuries of Interpretation (1965), short pamphlet
  • ed. Puritan Political Ideas, 1558-1794 (1965)
  • ed. The Diary of Michael Wigglesworth, 1653-1657: The Conscience of a Puritan (1965)
  • Roger Williams: The Church and the State (1967)
  • American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia (1975), highly influential study.
  • The Challenge of the American Revolution. New York: W. W. Norton, 1976. [Collection of essays.]
  • The Meaning of Independence: John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson (1976).
  • The Genius of George Washington (1980).
  • The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles, 1727-1795 (1984)
  • Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America (1988).
  • Benjamin Franklin (2002).
  • The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America (2004), collected articles and reviews.


  • "The Historians of Early New England." In The Reinterpretation of Early American History: Essays in Honor of John Edwin Pomfret, 41-63. Ed. by Ray Allen Billington. San Marino, Calif.: The Huntington Library, 1966.
  • “Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox,” The Journal of American History, 59 (Jun., 1972), 5-29.


  • Courtwright, David T. "Fifty Years of American History: An Interview with Edmund S. Morgan," The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., Vol. 44, No. 2 (April 1987): 336-369.
  • Murrin, John M. "Edmund S. Morgan," in Robert Allen Rutland, ed. Clio's Favorites: Leading Historians of the United States, 1945-2000, 126-137. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000.
  • New York Times obituary, July 9, 2013.