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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph C. Morton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1932 in Minneapolis, MN

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Illinois Connection

The author taught at Northeastern University in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Morton graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. He was an Associate Professor of History, at Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania from 1964 - 1967 and a Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago from 1967 - 2001.

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Titles At Your Library

The American Revolution (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events 1500-1900)
ISBN: 0313317925

Greenwood. 2003

The American Revolution gave birth to a new world republic and a philosophy based on freedom, liberty, and equality. The philosophical concepts articulated by the revolutionary leaders have become a model of positive change for people around the world. This concise reference guide includes an overview essay that traces the course of the Revolution and five essays on various aspects of the conflict. Also included are biographical sketches of 19 important historical figures and a selection of primary documents with introductions by the author. A timeline and annotated bibliography compliment the text, making this the perfect starting point for student and general-reader research, and a fresh survey of the events that brought about the birth of the American republic.

The essays in this book focus on the events and conditions that led the American colonies to revolt, the war itself, life on the home front, revolutionary diplomacy, and a concluding, interpretive essay on the lasting impact of the American Revolution. The biographical sketches include a wide array of important actors on the stage, including Abigail Adams, John Adams, George III, George Washington, Mercy Otis Warren, among others. Primary documents include excerpts from Thomas Paine's Common Sense, The Proclamation of Lord Dunmore offering Freedom to Slaves Belonging to the Rebels in Virginia of 1775, The Articles of Federation, and the Treaty of Paris, among others. Every generation needs to reinterpret its history to reflect its own needs and ideals. This book offers a new look at this pivotal time in world history.

Shapers of the Great Debate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Biographical Dictionary (Shapers of the Great American Debates)
ISBN: 0313330212

Greenwood. 2005

As the oldest still operational written constitution in the world, the U.S. Constitution―and the concepts it proclaims― have been under almost constant attack since its inception. At a convention in 1787, fifty-five delegates assembled in Philadelphia to revise and amend the Articles of Confederation, only to emerge sixteen weeks later with a new document: the U.S. Constitution. The convention was filled with constant debate over how much power should be given to government and how should this power be allocated, state rights v. nationalists, small states v. large states, political conservatives v. political liberals, and slave-owners v. non-slave-owners. Fifty-five biographies, one for each delegate, are presented. Biographies include such notable individuals as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Luther Martin, and James Madison. An introductory essay, appendices including the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution, and an annotated bibliography are also included.

The Shapers of the Great Debate series takes a biographical approach to history, following the premise that people make history in the circumstances in which they find themselves. Each volume in this series examines the lives and experiences of the individual's involved in a particular debate through major and minor biographies.

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