The History of the American Revolution

By David Ramsay
Edited and Annotated by Lester H. Cohen


David Ramsay’s History of the American Revolution appeared in 1789 during an enthusiastic celebration of nationhood. It is the first American national history written by an American revolutionary and printed in America.

Ramsay, a well-known Federalist, was an active participant in many of the events of the period and a member of the Continental Congress from South Carolina.

This is a comprehensive and exciting narrative of the events and ideas of the American Revolution (from the outbreak of turbulence in the 1760s to the onset of Washington’s administration) and an ardent Federalist defense of the Constitution of 1787.

This is the first modern edition of the work, based on the original and authorized 1789 version.

Lester H. Cohen taught history and American Studies at Purdue University.


Jun 1990 | 6 x 9 | 755 Pages

In Two Volumes

Volume I: Foreword, bibliography, editor's note, preface to the first edition, index.


978-0-86597-081-6 Paperback