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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
by Rick Atkinson
Published: 2019
The Indian World of George Washington
by Colin G. Calloway
Published: 2018
The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy
by Jay Cost
Published: 2018
Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe
by John Ferling
Published: 2018
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Published: 2018
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
by Peter Stark
Published: 2018
John Marshall
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
by Richard Brookhiser
Published: 2018
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times
by Joel Richard Paul
Published: 2018
Benjamin Rush
Rush: Revolutionary, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father
by Stephen Fried
Published: 2018
Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation
by Harlow Giles Unger
Published: 2018

What ultimately convinced Americans that they must revolt in 1776 was not that they were naturally and inevitably republican, for if that were truly the case evolution, not revolution, would have been the eventual solution. Rather it was the pervasive fear that they were not predestined to be a virtuous and egalitarian people that in the last analysis drove them into revolution in 1776. It was this fear and not their confidence in the peculiarity of their character that made them so readily and so remarkably responsive to Thomas Paine’s warning that the time for independence was at hand and that delay would be disastrous. By 1776 it had become increasingly evident that if they were to remain the kind of people they wanted to be they must become free of Britain.

Gordon S. Wood
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776—1787 (1969)