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Below is a selected list of helpful online and print resources for further study concerning the quotations and authors cited in On Point: The Founding Fathers in Plain English. For your convenience, these resources and many more are listed in Appendix B of the book.  

(Note: There are numerous fine resources to study these times, leaders and subjects; this list is neither intended nor represented as exhaustive or complete.)

Digital Resources

Print Resources


  • Coffman, Steve; Compiler and Editor. Words of the Founding Fathers: Selected Quotations of Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton, with Sources. McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC. 2012.

  • Conant, James Bryant. Thomas Jefferson and the Development of American Public Education. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles. 1962

  • Crockett, Davy. An Account of Col. Crockett's Tour to the North and Down East ... in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-Four.  His Object Being to Examine the Grand Manufacturing Establishments of the Country; and Also to Find Out the Condition of Its Literature and Its Morals, the Extent of Its Commerce, and the Practical Operation of "The Experiment". E. L. Carey and A. Hart, Baltimore. 1835.

  • de Toqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 1941, 1972.

  • Elliot, Jonathan, Madison, James. The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787… Vol. IV. J B. Lippincott, Philadelphia. 1891.

  • Fructman, Jr., Jack. The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 2010.

  • Gingrich, Bob. In Their Own Words. Xulon Press, Maitland, FL. 2006.

  • Hall, Kermit L., Patrick, John J.; Editors. The Pursuit of Justice:  Supreme Court Decisions that Shaped America, Volume 35. Oxford University Press, New York. 2006.

  • Henderson, Phillip G; Editor. The Presidency Then and Now. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD. 2000.

  • Herrick, James A. The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction. Pearson Education, Inc., Boston. 2005.

  • Hillsdale College Politics Faculty; Editors. The U.S. Constitution: A Reader. Hillsdale College Press, Hillsdale, MI. 2012.

  • Hitchcock, Enos. A discourse, on the dignity and excellence of the human character; illustrated in the life of General George Washington, late commander of the armies, and president of the United States in Commemoration of the Afflictive Event of His Death.... Enos Hitchcock, D.D., Providence, 1800. (ECCO Eighteenth Century Collections Online Print Edition.)

  • Holowchak, M. Andrew. Thomas Jefferson's Philosophy of Education: A Utopian Dream. Rutledge, New York. 2014.

  • Ketcham, Ralph Louis. James Madison: A Biography. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville. 1990.

  • Maier, Pauline. The Old Revolutionaries Political Lives in the Age of Samuel Adams. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, New York. 2013.

  • Melton, Jr., Buckner F.; Editor. Quotable Founding Fathers, The A Treasury of 2,500 Wise and Witty Quotations from the Men and Women Who Created America. Potomac Books, Washington, D.C.. 2004.

  • Moser, Harold D.; Editor. Daniel Webster: A Bibliography. Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT. 2005.

  • Nowlan, Robert A. The American Presidents, Washington to Tyler: What They Did, What They Said, What Was Said About Them, with Full Source Notes. McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC. 2012.

  • Pankhurst, Edward Alloway; Selected and Arranged by. The Wisdom of Burke:  Extracts from His Speeches and Writings. John Murray, Albemarle Street, London. 1886.

  • Remini, Robert Vincent, Golway, Terry, editors; Editors. Fellow Citizens:  The Penguin Book of U.S. Presidential Addresses. The Penguin Group, New York. 2008.

  • Richard, Carl J.; The Battle for the American Mind: A Brief History of a Nation's Thought. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD. 2006.

  • Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M.; Israel; Editors. My Fellow Citizens: The Inaugural Address of the Presidents of the United States, 1789-2009. Infobase Publishing, New York. 2007, 2010.

  • Scott, Kyle. The Federalist Papers: A Reader's Guide. Bloomsbury Publishing, New York. 2013.

  • Shackford, James Atkins. David Crockett:  The Man and the Legend. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. 1986.

  • Sparks, Jared, ed., The Writings of George Washington; being His Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private, Selected and Published from the original Manuscripts, 12 vols., Boston: American Stationer’s Company, 1837.

  • Staloff, Darren. Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson:  The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. 2007.

  • United States Congress, house of representatives. The Congressional register: or, history of the proceedings and debates of the First House of Representatives of the United States... . Harrison and  Purdy, New York. 1789.

  • United States Congress. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive of the Congress of the United States from the First Session of the First to the Third Session of the Thirteenth Congress, Inclusive: Commencing March 3, 1789, and Ending March 2, 1815. Part 1, Volume 1. Gales and Seaton, Washington. 1832.

  • Washington, H. A.; Editor. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. IV: Being His Autobiography, Correspondence, Reports, Messages, Address, and Other Writings, Official and Private…. John C. Riker, Taylor & Maury, Washington, D.C.. 1854.

  • Whitman, Wilson; Arranger. Jefferson's Letters: Selections from the private and political correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, telling the story of American independence and the founding of the American government.. E. M. Hale and Company, Eau Claire, WI. c. 1949.

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