America’s Founders Series

Parallel Press is pleased to announce a new series of chapbook biographies entitled “America’s Founders” written by University of Wisconsin–Madison historian John P. Kaminski, director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution. Unlike traditional biographies, these chapbooks will emphasize the character, mannerisms, and physical appearance of the subjects as largely seen through the eyes of their contemporaries. Critical historical events are described in vivid detail in the elegant prose of America’s Revolutionary generation. Illuminating vignettes and “behind-the-curtain” glimpses of both well-known and obscure events will add new dimension to the historic dramas of revolution and nation-making. In a certain way, the Revolutionary generation itself will be writing its own biographies with both praise and admiration on the one hand and vituperation on the other.

Abigail Adams: An American Heroine
The fifth chapbook in the America’s Founders chapbook series is Abigail Adams: An American Heroine. Abigail Adams was an extraordinary person. In many respects she was the quintessential woman of […]
George Washington: “The Man of the Age”
The first chapbook in the series is George Washington: “The Man of the Age.” One reviewer of the chapbook described it as “an absolutely delightful reading experience. Just the right […]
James Madison: Champion of Liberty and Justice
The third chapbook in the series is James Madison: Champion of Liberty and Justice. While throughout history Madison is sometimes accused of inconsistency, Kaminski explains in the preface of this […]
Lafayette: The Boy General
The fourth chapbook in the series is Lafayette: The Boy General. Lafayette fell in love with the concept of a young and free America. He came to the United States […]
Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher and Politician
The second chapbook in the series is Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher and Politician. As Kaminski writes in the preface, “America has been blessed with a few Renaissance men. Certainly Thomas Jefferson […]