1. The Working Class in Revolutionary America

Primary Source
Brutus, “To the Free and Loyal Inhabitants of the City of New York,” » Read

Secondary Source
Alfred F. Young, George Robert Twelves. “A Boston Shoemaker and the Memory of the American Revolution,” The William and Mary Quarterly  » Read

2. The Promise of Freedom: The Role of Slavery in Revolutionary Virginia

Primary Source
Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation, 1775. » Read

Secondary Source
Woody Holton, “’Rebel against Rebel’: Enslaved Virginians and the Coming of the American Revolution,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography » Read

3. A Rhetorical Analysis of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

Primary Source 
Thomas Paine Common Sense, (Introduction, On the Origin and Design of Government in General . . . , Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession) » Read

Secondary Source
Robert A. Ferguson, “The Commonalities of Common Sense,” The William and Mary Quarterly » Read

4. Colonial Insurgent and the American Cause

Primary Source 
The Declaration of Independence » Read

Secondary Source
T. H. Breen, “Samuel Thompson’s War: The Career of an American Insurgent,” Revolutionary Founders (Chapter 3) » Read (requires 4×4 login)

5. Domesticity and the American Revolution

Primary Source 
Letters between John Adams and Abigail Smith Adams:
A) Letter 1 » Read
B) Letter 2 » Read

Secondary Source
Edith B. Gelles,“Abigail Adams: Domesticity and the American Revolution,” The New England Quarterly » Read

6. The Economic and Political Origins of the American Constitution

Primary Source 
James Madison, “Vices of the Political System” » Read

Secondary Source
Woody Holton, “Did Democracy Cause the Recession that Led to the Constitution,” The Journal of American History » Read

7. Understanding and Analyzing “Federalist No. 10”

Primary Source 
James Madison, Federalist 10 » Read

Secondary Source
Mark G. Spencer, “Hume and Madison on Faction,” The William and Mary Quarterly » Read

8. Wives in Post-Revolutionary America

Primary Source 
Judith Sargent Murray, “On the Equality of the Sexes” » Read

Secondary Source
Jan Lewis, “The Republican Wife: Virtue and Seduction in the Early Republic,” The William and Mary Quarterly » Read

9. George Washington and the John Jay Treaty

Primary Source 
George Washington to the Boston Selectmen on the Jay Treaty » Read

Secondary Source
Todd Estes, “The Art of Presidential Leadership: George Washington and the Jay Treaty,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography » Read

10. Creating Citizens in a New Republic

Primary Source 
Benjamin Rush, “Of the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic” » Read

Secondary Source
William Huntting Howell, “A More Perfect Copy: David Rittenhouse and the Reproduction of Republican Virtue,” The William and Mary Quarterly » Read

11. Jefferson on the Separation of Church and State

Primary Source 
Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists » Read

Secondary Source
Johann N. Neem, “Beyond the Wall: Reinterpreting Jefferson’s Danbury Address,” Journal of the Early Republic » Read

12. Natural Rights of Women

Primary Source 
Anonymous, “Plan for the Emancipation of the Fair Sex,” » Read

Secondary Source
Rosemarie Zagarri, “The Rights of Man and Woman in Post-Revolutionary America,” The William and Mary Quarterly » Read