Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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Books available for purchase:

Ashbrook cover final front page50 Core American Documents: Required Reading for Students, Teachers, and Citizens

Ashbrook Press, 2013; Paperback, 445 pages
ISBN – 9781878802262
$17.99 (also available for download on iTunes , at, or on the Kindle)

The Ashbrook Center’s 50 Core American Documents is meant to introduce readers to America’s story as it has unfolded from the American Founding into the Twentieth Century. Many of the documents emphasize America’s uniqueness and contributions to the world, but they also present different views on some of the major issues and disputes in American history and government, especially on the meaning of liberty, the injustice of slavery, and the demands of progress. Taken as such, the documents reveal a kind of political dialogue to readers, an ongoing and profoundly consequential conversation about how Americans have agreed and often disagreed on the meaning of freedom and self-government. 50 Core American Documents invites teachers and citizens alike to join in this American political dialogue. Purchase a print edition here.


madison-lloyd-bookcover-smallDebates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a Member (edited by Gordon Lloyd)

Ashbrook Press, 2014; Paperback, 631 pages
ISBN – 1878802305
$19.99 (also available for purchase from the iBookstore and for the Kindle)

James Madison, best known as the father of the Constitution, was also the most thorough and thoughtful scribe of what one person called in 1839 the “political bible” of the American people – the report of the proceedings and discussions at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Through careful research, Professor Gordon Lloyd has recreated an edition of that report that most closely resembles the version Madison intended to leave behind for “all who take an interest in the progress of political science and the course of true liberty.” In addition to reaffirming Madison’s profound contributions to constitutionalism, Professor Lloyd’s edition restores Madison to his rightful place as the most trustworthy chronicler of the Constitutional Convention.


A Constitutional Conversation: Letters from an Ohio Farmer
Ashbrook Press, 2011; Paperback, 152 pages
ISBN – 1878802275
$9.95 (also available for download on Nook and Kindle)

A Constitutional Conversation: Letters from an Ohio Farmer is a compilation of the first 31 Letters from an Ohio Farmer, letters that have been sent to the members of the 112th Congress in an effort to preserve constitutional self-government in America. The Farmer’s letters are written in the tradition of the Federalists and Antifederalists in the American founding who penned newspaper articles debating the new form of government proposed in the Constitution of 1787. They wrote using pen names such as Publius, Federal Farmer, an American Citizen, and an Old Whig to allow their arguments to speak for themselves and be judged on their own merits. The letters from the Ohio Farmer are offered in this same spirit. Purchase a print edition here.

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My Experiences in War and Business: One Man’s Story of Success in America

by Otis Earl Hawkins with a Foreword by Dan Quayle
Ashbrook Press, 1999; Paperback, 317 pages
ISBN – 1878802224

To describe Earl Hawkins as a self-made millionaire is about as incomplete a formulation as describing a Stradivarius as a wooden box with strings. His autobiography is an American story. It is about a poor, half-blind, young boy from the back woods of West Virginia, overcoming all adversity through simple, quiet, and honest determination and making himself wealthy, to be sure, but above all, a man. It is about his experiences in a war that shaped the world in which we now live: how he joined a most unlikely outfit of the National Guard; how he fooled the medical examiner to get into the Army; how he fought for several years in the Pacific – winning the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. It is about a man building his own American dream, piece by piece, with honesty and integrity. It is about the habits and virtues of successful people – described in an intelligent, witty, and engaging way.


Out-of-Print Books

Consequences of the Clinton Victory: Essays on the First Year
edited by Peter W. Schramm
Ashbrook Press, 1994; Paperback, 183 pages
ISBN – 1878802186



The Supreme Court and American Constitutionalism
edited by Bradford P. Wilson and Ken Masugi
Rowman & Littlefield, 1997; Paperback, 298 pages
ISBN – 0847686590



Separation of Powers and Good Government
edited by Bradford P. Wilson and Peter W. Schramm
Rowman & Littlefield, 1994; Paperback, 251 pages
ISBN – 0847679004

American Political Parties and Constitutional Politics
edited by Bradford P. Wilson and Peter W. Schramm
Rowman & Littlefield, 1993; Paperback, 269 pages
ISBN – 0847678202

Suite 3505: The Story of the Draft Goldwater Movement
by F. Clifton White with William J. Gill; with an introduction by Forrest McDonald
Ashbrook Press, 1992; Hardcover, 424 pages
ISBN – 1878802100



No Left Turns: A Handbook for Conservatives Based on the Writings of John Ashbrook
compiled and edited by Randy McNutt with an introduction by Jack Kemp
Hamilton Hobby Press Books, 1986; Paperback, 102 pages
ISBN – 0940152038