America’s Founders and the Influence of the French Revolution


This conference explored the Founding Fathers' considerations, deliberations, debates, and sometimes quarrels about French politics and the Revolution and the fate of the hitherto idealized partnership between the old French nation and the young American republic.


Conference Readings

Adams, John Quincy. The Selected Writings of John and John Quincy Adams. Edited by Adrienne Koch and William Feden. Unknown: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.

Syrett, Harold C. and Jacob E. Cooke, eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Volumes I to XXVI. New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1961-1979.

Adams, John. The Works of John Adams, Volume 4: On the Defence of the Constitution of Government of the United States of America. Edited by Charles Francis Adams. New York: AMS Press, 1971.

Adams, John. The Works of John Adams, Volume 6. Edited by Charles Francis Adams. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1851. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/2104/159949 (accessed October 21, 2009).

Franklin, Benjamin. Writings. Edited by J. A. Leo Lemay. New York City: Literary Classics, 1987.

Hamilton, Alexander. The Works of Alexander Hamilton. Edited by Henry Cabot Lodge. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/1380/64326 (accessed November 17, 2009).

Jefferson, Thomas. Writings. Edited by Merrill D. Peterson. New York: Library of America, 1984.

Jefferson, Thomas. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950.

Jefferson, Thomas. The Portable Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Merrill D. Peterson. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.

Morris, Gouverneur. A Diary of the French Revolution. Edited by Beatrice Cary Davenport. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939.

Price, Richard. Political Writings. Edited by D. O. Thomas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.