Cultural & Gender History of the Founders
This reading list is a supplement to my talk, “Making the Historical Personal: The Founding Fathers, Gender, and the Cultural Turn,” at the Society for United States Intellectual History Annual Conference, Oct. 17, 2015, Washington, DC
Allgor, Catherine. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation. New York: Henry Holt & Co, 2006.
———. Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government. Jeffersonian America. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000.
Barker-Benfield, G. J. Abigail and John Adams: The Americanization of Sensibility. University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Bloch, Ruth H. Gender and Morality in Anglo-American Culture, 1650-1800. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
Branson, Susan. These Fiery Frenchified Dames: Women and Political Culture in Early National Philadelphia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.
Burstein, Andrew. Democracy’s Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.
Conger, Vivian Bruce. The Worlds of Deborah Read Franklin and Sally Franklin Bache: Transgenerational Lives in Colonial and Revolutionary Philadelphia. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
Cott, Nancy F. The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780-1835. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977.
Ellis, Joseph J. First Family: Abigail and John. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Fliegelman, Jay. Declaring Independence: Jefferson, Natural Language & the Culture of Performance. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1993.
Formisano, Ronald P. “The Concept of Political Culture.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 31, no. 3 (Winter 2001): 393–426.
Foster, Thomas A. Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past. Temple University Press, 2014.
Freeman, Joanne B. Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.
Furstenberg, François. In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.
Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures; Selected Essays. 2nd ed. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
Gelles, Edith Belle. Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage. HarperCollins, 2009.
Glover, Lorri. Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries. Yale University Press, 2014.
Godbeer, Richard. The Overflowing of Friendship: Love Between Men and the Creation of the American Republic. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Good, Cassandra A. Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Gordon-Reed, Annette. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Reprint edition. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009.
Holton, Woody. Abigail Adams. New York: Free Press, 2009.
Irvin, Benjamin. Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Isenberg, Nancy. Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr. New York: Penguin Books,2008.
Kerber, Linda K. “Separate Spheres, Female Worlds, Woman’s Place: The Rhetoric of Women’s History.” The Journal of American History 75, no. 1 (June 1988): 9–39.
Kerber, Linda K. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. New York: Norton, 1986.
Kerber, Linda K., Nancy F. Cott, Robert Gross, Lynn Hunt, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, and Christine M. Stansell. “Beyond Roles, Beyond Spheres: Thinking about Gender in the Early Republic.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, 46, no. 3 (July 1989): 565–85.
Kierner, Cynthia A. Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
Kukla, Jon. Mr. Jefferson’s Women. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Lepore, Jill. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. New York: Vintage, 2014.
Lewis, Jan. “‘Of Every Age Sex & Condition’: The Representation of Women in the Constitution.” Journal of the Early Republic 15, no. 3 (Autumn 1995): 359–87.
———. “Politics and the Ambivalence of the Private Sphere: Women in Early Washington, D.C.” In A Republic for the Ages: The United States Capitol and the Political Culture of the Early Republic, edited by Donald R. Kennon. Charlottesville: Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by the University of Virginia Press, 1999.
———. “The Republican Wife: Virtue and Seduction in the Early Republic.” The William and Mary Quarterly 44, no. 4 (October 1987): 689–721.
———. “‘Those Scenes for Which Alone My Heart Was Made’: Affection and Politics in the Age of Jefferson and Hamilton.” In An Emotional History of the United States, edited by Jan Lewis and Peter N Stearns. New York: New York University Press, 1998.
Lopez, Claude Anne. Mon Cher Papa, Franklin and the Ladies of Paris. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.
———. The Private Franklin: The Man and His Family. New York: Norton, 1975.
Newman, Simon. Parades and the Politics of the Street: Festive Culture in the Early American Republic. Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.
Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980.
Scharff, Virginia. The Women Jefferson Loved. New York: Harper, 2010.
Schocket, Andrew M. Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution. New York: NYU Press, 2015.
Scott, Joan W. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” The American Historical Review 91, no. 5 (December 1986): 1053–75.
Steele, Brian. Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Tise, Larry E, ed. Benjamin Franklin and Women. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
Trees, Andrew S. The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character. Princeton University Press, 2004.
Waldstreicher, David. In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
Warner, Michael. The Letters of the Republic. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.
Zagarri, Rosemarie. Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic. Early American Studies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.