The US Constitution was written during the Philadelphia Convention—now known as the Constitutional Convention—which convened from May 25 to September 17, 1787, when it was ultimately signed. Whether you choose to celebrate this weekend or simply relax, find some time to curl up with a book that was written or took place around the American Revolution.
Here are a few recommendations from our partners at Questia. You can easily view them in full with a free trial, and you can even read on the go with Questia’s iOS app. Happy Independence Day!
One of the most popular novels about the American Revolutionary War, Oliver Wiswell was written by historian Kenneth Lewis Roberts in 1940. Oliver Wiswell portrays the view of the American colonists who supported the British monarchy, called Loyalists, in the American Revolution
Edgar Huntly, Or, Memoirs of a Sleepwalker is a 1799 novel by the American author Charles Brockden Brown. Brown is often regarded as the first American novelist.
Edgar Huntly is one of the earliest work of American fiction, demonstrating a tense relationship between colonists and Native Americans on the frontier. Brown illustrates the jagged mountains, deep vales, and echoing caverns of the hostile American wilderness. Although partly a detective story, it is also details gender relations, frontier violence, religious and ethnic clashes, and psychology.
Originally published in 1799, Ormond was inspired by enlightenment philosophers and Gothic writers. Ormond covers many of the period’s top debates about women’s education, marriage, and the morality of violence.
Set in post-revolutionary Philadelphia, Ormond examines the prospects of the struggling nation by tracing the experiences of Constantia, a young virtuous republican who struggles to survive when her father’s business is ruined and her friends and neighbors are killed by a yellow fever epidemic.
Charlotte Temple is a novel by Susanna Rowson. It was first published in England in 1791 under the title Charlotte, A Tale of Truth. In 1794, the first American edition was published, which became a bestseller.
The book begins with a British girl being charmed by a young British soldier, John Montraville, who brings her to America with him. This novel belongs to the “seduction novel genre,” popular in early American literature.
This book is offered free on Questia year-round.
The Last of the Mohicans is a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper. Written during the Revolution, the story takes place in the late 1750s, as the French and Indian War engulfs the frontier of western New York.