The Family and Republican Liberty in Early America


Conferees discussed readings from early America showing the connection between republican political principles and family practices in raising and training children.


Conference Readings

Adams, Abigail B. Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784. Edited by L. H. Butterfield. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Adams, John. The Diary and Autobiography of John Adams. Edited by L.H. Butterfield. Cambridge: Harvard-Belknap Press, 1961.

Carlson, Allan. Fractured Generations. Edison: Transaction Publishers, 2005.

Child, Lydia Maria. The Mother's Book. New York: Arno Press, 1972.

Cott, Nancy F. Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws and On the Origin of Inequality. Translated by Thomas Nugent, rev. J.V. Prichard. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1952.

Rush, Benjamin. Thoughts Upon Female Education Accommodated to the Present State of Society, Manners and Government in the United States of America. Publication City Unknown: Publisher Unknown, 1787.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Edited by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Wilson, James, edited by Kermit Hall and Mark David Hall. “The Works of James Wilson.” Liberty Fund, Inc.. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/1670/1967 (6/16/2009).

Witherspoon, John. The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon: Late President of the College at Princeton, New Jersey. Harrisonburg: Sprinkle Publications, 2006.