On Collecting the Writings of America’s Founders

Are you into history? If you’re not, that’s understandable, but some think it’s a very interesting subject. Events such as the Battle of Waterloo and the British siege of Boston can make for some fascinating reading. But the thing about history is that, as historian David Barton once said, “Academics repeat each other.” The thing about history is that, while secondary sources such as Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution and Robert K. Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra are very good and very informative, nothing can really beat primary sources like The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia. That is why I’m attempting to find and collect writings on America’s revolution and founding. I’ve found some very good books online, including some sources (they are secondary,) on the Jewish contributions to the American Revolution and founding. But, of course, nothing can really compare to original documents. There are some very good books online as far as the writings of America’s founders, including, (although he’s not really a founding father,) the diaries of John Quincy Adams. Historian David Barton has a huge collection of original sources from the founding fathers, and it’s high time to start collecting some of their original writings. Again there are some really good books online as far as the founding fathers are concerned and, if you’re in to history I encourage you to checke them out.

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