Welcome to Revolutionary War and Beyond's American History Book Club! We began this project to help people learn more about American history and the founding period of the United States in a fun and relational environment. In the last few years, there have been tons of books that have come on to the market about the Founding Fathers and the events they lived through. Our American History Book Club is the place where you can learn more about the Founders, their goals, their beliefs and their creation - the United States of America!
The American History Book Club is a FREE online book club. On this page, we will inform you of the books that we are currently reading. You can click through to the book club discussion guides for each book, where you will find our book club reviews and our book club discussion questions.
On the discussion page for each book, we will post a chapter by chapter synopsis with comments and discussion questions. You are invited to join the discussion and let us know your thoughts about what we are reading together. You can post comments right on the book discussion page with Facebook comments at the bottom of the page - and you can do this whether you have a Facebook account or not. If you have a Facebook page, your comments will appear there as well so your friends can join in the discussion.
Our American History Book Club is a brand new project that officially kicked off on April 16, 2012. We have only just begun to read our first two books! We hope to add many more books to our list in the future. Our book review posts will be made in real time as we read along, so you can join in any time or go back and start from the beginning whenever you wish.
The books we are currently reading are Battlefields And Blessings by Jane Hampton Cook and John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Mary-Elaine Swanson . You can read more about each book below and order it from Amazon if you wish. Be sure to click through to the discussion page and tell us you are joining in the discussion! If you would like to make a suggestion for a future book that the American History Book Club can read together, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page!
John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Mary-Elaine Swanson looks at the life and writings of John Locke, a 17th century politician, philosopher and educator whose writings deeply influenced America's own Founding Fathers. Mary-Elaine Swanson was a prolific author who wrote more than 80 biographies of historians, artists and politicians. She was a distinguished speaker, writer and educator for numerous organizations. Unfortunately, Mary-Elaine passed away just before this book was published.
The book begins with a biography of John Locke's life to show how his thoughts about politics, government and religion were shaped. After this, Swanson delves into his political writings which influenced the Founders to an enormous degree. Ideas such as religious tolerance, the right to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" and the separation of church and state, were largely influenced by John Locke.
Thomas Jefferson included Locke in his "trinity of the three greatest men the world had ever produced" and Benjamin Franklin said that Locke was one of "the best English authors," for the study of "history, rhetoric, logic, moral and natural philosophy."
You can order a copy of John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty here.
Go to the John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty Discussion Guide here.
The second book in our American History Book Club series is Battlefields and Blessings by Jane Hampton Cook, a devotional that follows the Revolutionary period chronologically and focuses on the spiritual roots of the Founding Fathers. Ms. Cook was the official webmaster for President George W. Bush and designed his government websites when he was Governor of Texas and as President, including his www.whitehouse.gov and www.white-housekids.gov websites.
The book looks at the events of the times through the eyes of many of the key players, including George Washington, King George III, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others. Excerpts of their own writings, diaries and letters are interspersed with historical subjects to show how they viewed the events they were living through and how those events affected their lives personally.
This book is set up as a daily devotional to be read over the course of a year. Each day's reading is quite short and we will be reading through it more quickly than a year! You can order Battlefields and Blessings here. You can also order the Kindle edition here.
Go to the Battlefields and Blessings Book Discussion Guide here.