I am considering having the whole class read the three books listed above, and then three other books on the religion of George Washington (Mary Thompson's "In the Hands of Good Providence"), Benjamin Franklin (Kerry Walter's Benjamin Franklin and His Gods), and Thomas Jefferson (Edwin Gaustad's Sworn on the Altar of God). Each student would then choose one other book on a Founding Father to write a book review. At the end of the course, students would write a comparative paper on the religions of the three Founding Fathers above plus the additional book that they read.
I was surprised that there are not all that many current books on the Founding Fathers beyond Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. The list below are the books that I have found. Would anyone be willing to weigh in on the books below? Are there other books I should consider for students to read? Can anyone recommend some journal articles to consult?
Holton, Woody. Abigail Adams. Free Press, 2009.
Levin, Phyllis Lee. Abigail Adams: A Biography. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2001.
Withey, Lynne. Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams. Touchstone, 2002.
Ferling, John. John Adams: A Life. Oxford, 2010.
McCullough, David. John Adams. Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Alexander, John. Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary. Rowman &
Fowler, William M., Jr. Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan. Longman, 1997.
Stoll, Ira. Samuel Adams: A Life. Free Press, 2008.
Randall, Willard Sterne. Ethan Allen: His Life and Times. W. W. Norton, 2011.
Aaron Burr, Jr.
Isenberg, Nancy. Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr. Penguin, 2008.
Stewart, David O. American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.
Simon and Schuster, 2011.
Birzer, Bradley J. American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll. Intercollegiate Studies,
McDermott, Scott. Charles Carroll of Carrollton: Faithful Revolutionary. Scepter, 2001.
Flower, Milton E. John Dickinson: Conservative Revolutionary. University of Virginia,
Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Wood, Gordon. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. Penguin, 2004.
Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. Penguin, 2005.
McDonald, Forrest. Alexander Hamilton: A Biography. W. W. Norton, 1982.
Randall, Willard Sterne. Alexander Hamilton: A Life. Harper, 2003.
Kidd, Thomas S. Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots. Basic Books, 2011.
Stahr, Walter. John Jay, Founding Father. Hambledon and London, 2005.
Bernstein, R. B. Thomas Jefferson. Oxford, 2005.
Ellis, Joseph J. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson. Vintage, 1998.
Allgor, Catherine. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American
Nation. Holt, 2007.
Cote, Richard N. Strength and Honor: The Life of Dolley Maison. Corinthian, 2004.
Broadwater, Jeff. James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation. UNC, 2012.
Brookhiser, Richard. James Madison. Basic Books, 2011.
Gutzman, Kevin R. C. James Madison and the Making of America. St. Martin’s Press,
Labunski, Richard. James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights. Oxford, 2008.
McCoy, Drew R. The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republic Legacy.
Adams, William Howard. Gouverneur Morris: An Independent Life. Yale, 2003.
Kaye, Harvey J. Thomas Paine and the Promise of America. Hill and Wang, 2006.
Nelson, Craig. Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations. Penguin, 2007.
Brodsky, Alyn. Benjamin Rush: Patriot and Physician. Truman Talley, 2004.
Hawke, David Freeman. Benjamin Rush: Revolutionary Gadfly. Bobbs Merrill, 1971.
Hall, Mark David. Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic. Oxford,
Ellis, Joseph J. His Excellency: George Washington. Vintage, 2005.
Longman, Paul K. The Invention of George Washington. University of Virginia, 1999.
Novak, Michael and Jana. Washington’s God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our
Country. Basic Books, 2006.
Tait, Gordon L. The Piety of John Witherspoon: Pew, Pulpit, and Public Forum. Geneva