The JuntoCast, Episode 6: The Continental Congress

The JuntoCastSubmitted for your approval . . . the November episode of “The JuntoCast.” This month, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Continental Congress, including a number of recent popular histories about it, its popular and academic historiography, and various aspects of its importance. 

Also, beginning this month, we will be including a bibliography of works mentioned in the episode and, when appropriate, some extra notes on the topics covered in the episode. Feel free to leave additions in the comments below and we’ll add them.

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Further Reading

Beeman, Richard R. Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776. New York: Basic Books, 2013.

Burnett, Edmund C. The Continental Congress: A Definitive History of the Continental Congress From its Inception in 1774 to March, 1789. New York: Macmillan Co, 1941.

Davis, Derek. Religion and the Continental Congress, 1774-1789: Contributions to Original Intent. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Ellis, Joseph J. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Henderson, H. James. Party Politics in the Continental Congress (New York: McGraw Hill, 1947).

Irvin, Benjamin H. Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Marston, Jerrilyn Greene, King and Congress: The Transfer of Political Legitimacy, 1774-1776 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987).

Montross, Lynn. The Reluctant Rebels: The Story of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. New York: Harper, 1950.

Phillips, Kevin. 1775: A Good Year for Revolution. New York: Viking, 2012.

Rakove, Jack N. The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress. New York: Knopf, 1979.

———. Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.

6 responses

  1. I am grateful to the Juntonians for their kind words and insightful analysis. There are *many* works I might add to the bibliography, but two warrant special consideration: Jerrilyn Greene Marston’s _King and Congress_ (Princeton, 1987), which very nicely analyzes many of the tensions between local patriot movements and Congress to which Professor Owen alluded; and H. James Henderson’s _Party Politics and the Continental Congress_ (McGraw-Hill, 1974), which uses voting patterns to identify loose coalitions or blocs within Congress and which consequently stands in marked interpretive contrast to the consensus-in-the-absence-of-viable-alternatives perspective articulated by Jack Rakove in _Beginnings of National Politics_. Again, my gratitude to the podcasters.

  2. What about ‘framework’ consensus and opposition to specific solutions within the republican frame? By ‘viable alternative’ Rakove means something not only ‘organized’ materially ( as many petitions or protests were),but backed up by formal structure and a clear written formulation.Yet viable ought also to mean capable of development, wide-spread and able to rally support. Then the problem becomes the lack of sufficient language skills to formulate the positions so as to objectify them to oneself and ,so, to be able to present them to others. A problem we find in soldiers’ diaries or in detailed descriptions of the parades that celebrated the approval of the Constitution.

  3. I highly recommend adding John Ferling’s INDEPENDENCE:The Struggle To Set America Free,which contains a masterful look at the members of Congress leading to the Declaration of Independence, to the bibliography in the blog.

  4. Thanks for posting the podcasts on Itunes. Very thought provoking.

    I am not an academic though at one time I considered becoming a professor and this would have been one of my focuses.

  5. Pingback: The Week in the Declaration of Independence « The Junto


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