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Shakespeare in American Political History

Shakespeare in American Political History

Gayley, Charles Mills. Shakespeare and the Founders of Liberty in America. New York: Macmillan, 1917.

Hackett, James. Notes and Comments upon Certain Plays and Actors of Shakespeare, with Criticisms and Correspondence. New York: Carleton, 1863. Includes letters about Shakespeare from former president John Quincy Adams to James Hackett.

Kauffman, Michael W. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies. New York: Random House, 2004.

McCullough, David. John Adams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.

Randall, Willard Sterne. Thomas Jefferson: A Life. New York: Henry Holt, 1993.

Thaler, Alwin. Shakespeare and Democracy. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 1941.

For more about Shakespeare and American political history, also see the General Reading list.

Abraham Lincoln. Photograph, 1894, from an earlier master. Folger Shakespeare Library.