Researching the American Revolution

Your source for information on the American War of Independence


This page provides a list of overview histories of the American Revolution and web sites that are good sources of overview information. In addition, there are sources on political theory and implications of the American Revolution on other revolutions.

Selected overview historical accounts of the American Revolution in order of publication.

Ramsay, David, and Lester H. Cohen, ed. The History of the American Revolution. Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1990. (first published in 1789)

Allen, Paul. A History of the American Revolution. 2 vols. Thomas Murphy, Printer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1819.

Higginbotham, Don. The War of American Independence military Attitudes, policies and Practice, 1763-1789. Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1971.

Draper, Theodore. A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution. 1st ed. New York: Times Books, 1996.

McCullough, David G. 1776. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Stephenson, Michael. Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought. 1st ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

Taylor, Alan. American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. First edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.

Hoock, Holger. Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth. First edition. New York: Crown Publishing, 2017.

Martin, James Kirby, and David L Preston. Theaters of the American Revolution: Northern, Middle, Southern, Western, Naval. First. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2017.

Fleming, Thomas J. The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution, 2017.

Web Sites with good overview information

American Revolution historiographic Timeline

A concise and well-reasoned overview of the various interpretations of the Revolution starting right after the war and continuing through present day.  To view the timeline developed by Michael Hattem in August 2017 click on the following link.

Michael Hattem’s Historiographical Timeline


National Park Service

Survey of Historical Places Web Site

Political Theory and Implications on other revolutions

Israel, Jonathan. The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.


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