Independence Day Books to Celebrate America's Founding

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Independence Day Books to Celebrate America's Founding

Can’t remember much of what you learned about the early years of America back in high school? Always wanted to know more about our Founders? Check out these accessible but well researched books on the early years of America.
 
Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts – Women are often ignored in the founding history of America. In Founding Mothers, Roberts looks to the way that women such as Abigail Adams, Mercy Warren and Catherine Green helped in the founding and shaping of the nation. Pulled from primary sources like letters and journals, this solid history gives these women their due in the creation of the republic.
 
The Forgotten Founding Father by Joshua Kendall – People know about Noah Webster because of the dictionary that bears his name but most don’t realize that he played a very real role in the founding of America. A friend and confidant of both Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, Webster wanted American identity to be completely separate from Britain and worked tirelessly to unify the culture in the states to American rather than British. Kendall does a thorough job of portraying Webster’s good and bad characteristics while exploring the ways he shaped a post-Revolutionary America.
 
Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis – A Pulitzer Prize winner, Founding Brothers explores the various relationships and incidences that most reverberate through the founding of the U.S. This book is in no way comprehensive – it is snapshots of several men and their interactions properly placed in the aftermath of the American Revolution and the first several years of American government.
 
We Have Not a Government: The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution by George William van Cleve –What happened between the end of the revolution in 1783 and the start of George Washington’s presidency in 1789? How did our government come to take the shape and roles it has today? We Have Not a Government addresses these questions by tracing the Continental Congress’ actions, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.
 
Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf – Many books look at the founding fathers policy positions, international diplomacy, family and friendships to show who those men were. Wulf takes an entirely different approach to looking at who the founding fathers were – that of farmers, landowners and botanists. How did their relationship with the land affect their policies and personalities?