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Items in the Books category might be assigned on reading lists, but are not in and of themselves “educational.” Here you’ll find biographies, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and other such publications.
Also known as “Two Treatises of Government: In the Former, The False Principles, and Foundation of Sir Robert Filmer, and His Followers, Are Detected and Overthrown. The Latter Is an Essay Concerning The True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government” is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. The First Treatise attacks patriarchalism in the form of sentence-by-sentence refutation of Robert Filmer's Patriarcha, while the Second Treatise outlines Locke's ideas for a more civilized society based on natural rights and contract theory.
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution is a 1968 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of history by Bernard Bailyn. It is considered one of the most influential studies of the American Revolution published during the 20th century.
The Federalist (later known as The Federalist Papers [20th century]) is a collection of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution.
This book is a character sketch of Patrick Henry.
This book has become one of the most widely known of Burke's writings and a classic text in political theory.
Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States is a three-volume work written by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Joseph Story and published in 1833. In these Commentaries, Story defends the power of the national government and economic liberty.
On Liberty is a philosophical work by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill, originally intended as a short essay.
This book is an important and original interpretation of the half-century friendship between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
"George Washington" is an intriguing biography of America's first president as told by the man who would later become its twenty-eighth, Woodrow Wilson.
De La Démocratie en Amérique is a classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville. Its title translates as On Democracy in America, but English translations are usually simply entitled Democracy in America. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred years.
Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies. Written in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution, and became an immediate sensation.
From Benjamin Franklin's beginnings as a journalist at age sixteen to his retirement from public affairs at eighty-two, there was no break in his activity and accomplishments. As a writer, inventor, and statesman, he was--and still is--unsurpassed by anyone in the range of his natural gifts and the important uses to which he put them.
A Brief Narrative of the Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger : Printer of the New York Weekly Journal (Leather Bound, Gold Leaf Edging)
The trial of John Peter Zenger, printer of the New York Weekly Journal, in August, 1735, raises vital questions about liberty that were of special concern both in England and America during the 17th and 18th centuries. One question concerns the limits to free speech and to freedom of the press: May citizens rightly and safely criticize government officials if those officials are thought to have abused their powers?
Join Emma Cotton, Kelly Grace, and the members of the Nimble Thumbs quilting group in the quaint town of Mystic Harbor, Massachusetts, as they piece together new clues found in an old quilt that could help solve the mystery surrounding the death of their dear friend Rose fifteen years ago
"A main theme of this book is that history does not leave us. We carry it around in our minds and on our backs." — Randall M. Miller and William Pencak, Editors
"A comprehensive, illustrated biographical reference to more than 2,500 of the principal Union and Confederate participants in the War Between the States."—from the front cover
A collection of over 70 maps of Civil War battlefields, encampments and some troop locations.
"The whole comprising and Authentic History of many Incidents inseparably interwoven with the Exploration, Settlement and Development of the Great Western Plains."—from the title page
This book contains 60 Community based shop projects most of which are relevant today.
"The importance of mechanics in the preparation of young engineers for work in specialized fields cannot be overemphasized. The demand from industry is more and more for young men who are soundly grounded in their fundamental subjects, rather than for those with specialized training.— from the Preface
Huck tells the stories of when Tom became a detective to solve a murder case and of when Tom, Jim, and he go on an adventure in a hot air balloon. The volume also includes several lesser-known short stories.
"This book is a record of a pleasure trip," Mark Twain wrote in the Preface. Originally published in 1867, this travelogue includes portions of letters he wrote to the Daily Alta California, New York Tribune, and New York Herald. This is the second of two volumes dedicated to The Innocents Abroad in the 1922 Author's National Edition set.
Tangrams—an ancient game of Chinese origin consisting of seven pieces (five triangles, one square and one rhomboid) used to make various shapes.
"This book is a record of a pleasure trip," Mark Twain wrote in the Preface. Originally published in 1867, this travelogue includes portions of letters he wrote to the Daily Alta California, New York Tribune, and New York Herald. This is the first of two volumes dedicated to The Innocents Abroad in the 1922 Author's National Edition set.