The American Colonists Library

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The American Colonists Library
The AMERICAN COLONISTS LIBRARY lists the key texts that influenced America's Founders and also links to them so that you can read them instantly online. This is a comprehensive collection of the literature and documents that most directly impacted the thought and lives of America's colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries. Other versions of this resource exist on the Web, but these are over a decade old, having many links that no longer work. This page has been been thoroughly revised by its originator, Prof. Richard Gardiner. It was last updated July 2015 and will continue to be updated.


Ancient and Classical Literature Having Significant Influence Upon the American Colonists

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The American Colonists Library — Revised & Updated

Major Medieval Sources Having Significant Influence Upon the American Colonists

Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Sources Profoundly Impacting the History of America

Seventeenth Century Sources Relating to American History

Eighteenth Century Sources Which Profoundly Impacted American History

The Founding Era

Sermons Preached During the Founding Era

Works of Benjamin Franklin

Works of Sam Adams

Works of George Washington

Works of John Adams

Works of Thomas Jefferson

Works of James Madison

Works of Alexander Hamilton

The Works of Thomas Paine

Works of Fisher Ames

American Revolution Military Documents



This library is maintained by Dr. Richard Gardiner, Director of History Education, Columbus State University

The providers of the resources on this page encourage you to view and download these documents for personal use. Most of these texts are so old that they are unquestionably in the public domain. In a few cases, however, they may be copyrighted. When in doubt about republication rights, please consult the webmaster of the page you are interested in republishing.

Links Updated: August 2, 2015