The Gilder Lehrman Institute recommends the books listed here, which represent the very best in recent scholarship on the origins, impact, and legacy of the Declaration of Independence. To purchase copies, please visit the Gilder Lehrman Book Shop at bookshop.org/shop/GilderLehrman. Purchasing books through our Bookshop.org page supports both local bookstores and the Gilder Lehrman Institute.
- Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: The Making of the Declaration of Independence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
- McCullough, David. 1776. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
- Berkin, Carol. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.
- Armitage, David. The Declaration of Independence: A Global History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.
- Ellis, Joseph J. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
- Allen, Danielle. Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. New York: Liveright, 2014.
- Horne, Gerald. The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. New York: New York University Press, 2014.
- Wills, Garry. Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1978; repr. New York: Vintage Books, 2018.