American Revolution

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley (1773)

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral is the first published volume of poetry by an African-American author. This fact in itself would make the book significant, but Phillis Wheatley’s Poems has a complicated and fascinating history of its own. Readers of the 1773 first edition would have been familiar with biographical details of Wheatley’s... more

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine (1776)

Volumes have been written on the subject of the struggle between England and America. Men of all ranks have embarked in the controversy, from different motives, and with various designs; but all have been ineffectual, and the period of debate is closed. Arms as the last resource decide the contest; the appeal was the choice... more