Researching the American Revolution

Your source for information on the American War of Independence


The Library of Congress provides an excellent on-line exhibit defining the religious implications of the American Revolution.

Secondary Sources

Arnn, Larry P. The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012.

Barry, John M. Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. New York: Viking, 2012.

Dreisbach, Daniel L., and Mark David Hall, eds. Faith and the Founders of the American Republic. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Finke, Roger, and Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-2005: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy. 2nd ed. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Gragg, Rod. By the Hand of Providence: How Faith Shaped the American Revolution. 1st Howard Books hardcover ed. New York: Howard Books, 2011.

Griffin, Keith L. Revolution and Religion: American Revolutionary War and the Reformed Clergy. 1st ed. New York, NY: Paragon House, 1994.

Hanley, Thomas O’Brien. The American Revolution and Religion; Maryland 1770-1800. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1971.

Kidd, Thomas S. God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution. New York: Basic Books, 2010.

Meacham, Jon. American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 2006.

Smith, Page, ed. Religious Origins of the American Revolution. American Academy of Religion Aids for the Study of Religion Series, no. 3. Missoula, Mont: Published by Scholars Press for American Academy of Religion, 1976.

Stewart, Matthew. Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.

Walters, Kerry S., and Kerry S. Walters. Revolutionary Deists: Early America’s Rational Infidels. Rev. ed. Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus Books, 2011.

Williams, Eugene Franklin. Soldiers of God – The Champlains of the Revolutionary War. New York, NY: Carlton Press, Inc., 1975.

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