Founding Fathers Collection

Callahan Publishing Founding Fathers Collection

This Founding Fathers Collection is a collection of the works of the American Founding Fathers. It includes their ideas, writings and journals, basically any and everything that is relevant to the founding the the United States of America.


The Life of Dr. Benjamin Franklin - Callahan Publishing Founding Fathers Collection Vol. 1

The Life of Dr. Benjamin Franklin has for years been considered essential reading for any educated American. Callahan Publishing proudly brings you this classic and essential work that we believe every American should read.

Not only is this work historically significant, but it gives historical context to the events leading up to the Revolutionary Period. Dr. Franklin witnessed and participated in the events that lead up to the Revolutionary War. But, beyond the war, there is a man, who with great humor and personal insight, writes down the events in his life as he sees them to be. Dr. Franklin was a leading mind in the American Enlightenment and his works political, moral, scientific, and public helped to shape and develop the world that we live in today. While Dr. Franklin's autobiography will always be unfinished, even in his uncompleted manuscript, you can gain great insight into his mind and what the driving forces in his life were.

We at Callahan Publishing invite you to open your mind, and travel back in time with a most gracious of hosts, Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

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Common Sense by Thomas Paine - Founding Fathers Collection Vol. 2

Common Sense was originally a pamphlet published during the time of the American Revolution. It calls for the immediate declaration of independence from Great Britain. Published in February of 1776, it precedes the actual Declaration of Independence by several months and influenced the other founding fathers of the necessity of separation. As a writer Paine is fiery and intellectual casting fireballs of condemnation towards those who would oppose a separation from Great Britain. Paine quotes history, poetry and even the King James version of the Bible in the establishment of his arguments.  
Common Sense is an absolute must-read for any history buff and for every American Citizen. Here are reviews on Common Sense from his contemporaries: 
“No writer has exceeded Paine in ease and familiarity of style, in perspicuity of expression, happiness of elucidation, and in simple and unassuming language.” 
- Thomas Jefferson 
“A pamphlet called ‘Commonsense’ makes a great noise. One of the vilest things that ever was published to the world. Full of false representations, lies, calumny, and treason, whose principles are to subvert all Kingly Governments and erect an Independent Republic.” 
- Nicholas Cresswell 
“I dreaded the effect so popular a pamphlet might have among the people, and determined to do all in my Power to counteract the effect of it.” 
- John Adams 
“Its effects were sudden and extensive upon the American mind. It was read by public men.” 
- Dr. Benjamin Rush 
“Have you read the pamphlet Common Sense? I never saw such a masterful performance.... In short, I own myself convinced, by the arguments, of the necessity of separation.” 
- General Charles Lee  

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The Life of President Thomas Jefferson - Founding Fathers Collection Vol. 3

This book covers the life of President Thomas Jefferson. Writer of the Declaration of Independence, Third President of the United States of America, Purchaser of the Louisiana Territory, and so much more! 
The Life of President Thomas Jefferson contains the following: His Autobiography, The Declaration of Independence, A Timeline of Major Life Events, and His State of the Union Addresses.

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The American Crisis by Thomas Paine - Founding Fathers Collection Vol. 4

The American Crisis is a first hand, albeit propagandist, perspective on the American Revolution. 
Thomas Paine the author of Common Sense, continues his writing for the cause of independence. Continuing his fiery rhetoric and attacking supporters of the British Crown wherever they may lie.  
This book makes up Vol. 4 in the Callahan Publishing Founding Fathers Collection. It provides an excellent first hand account of the events of the revolution, and even though it is clearly one-sided, it clearly shows the struggles and events of the actual American Revolution.

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The Federalist Papers - Founding Fathers Collection Vol. 5

The Federalist Papers are a series of newspaper articles written by three men: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. In the course of these articles, they lay out the arguments of the necessity of a singular federal government that unifies the then brand new United States of America. For those not intimately familiar with the events leading up to the Federalist papers, please allow me to set the stage. In 1776, Independence was declared. Great Britain does not acknowledge this independence and instead declares war. This war lasts until 1783. By this point in time, a series of laws known as the Articles of Confederation are created by representatives of the Continental Congress. (See “The Life of President Thomas Jefferson” for a first hand account of these events.) These laws have been argued over and debated over to effectively allow each colony to become its own sovereign nation or “state.” Each state prints its own currency, has its own separate navy and army, and acts as a separate nation that enacts its own laws. Even import tariffs and immigration are handled independently of each other. This is because it is how each colony had already operated for several hundred years. The modern reader will see the inherent flaws in this model and will question why. They were completely independent of each other and subject only to the English crown and the parliament, but not to each other. These Federalist Papers, or Federalist Articles, frame the proposed arguments for a new constitution and a new form of government (the federal government) which will unify these independent nations under a unified government, as one singular country. In 1789, six years after the end of hostilities, the new constitution (mostly written by James Madison) is adopted. The new form of government comes alive, and George Washington is elected as the First President of the United States of America. These are the arguments that led to these events...

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