Richard Beeman

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Richard Roy Beeman
Born (1942-05-06) May 6, 1942 (age 78)
Seattle, Washington
Fields History (American Revolution)
Institutions University of Pennsylvania
Colby College
University of Hull
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (A.B.)
The College of William & Mary (M.A.)
University of Chicago (Ph.D.)
Notable awards George Washington Book Prize
Fulbright Scholar
National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship

Richard Roy Beeman (born May 6, 1942 in Seattle, Washington)[2] is an American historian and biographer specializing in the American Revolution. He has published multiple books, and is the John Walsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.[3] Beeman was the 2003-4 Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History. He has also served as the director of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies and the editor of American Quarterly.[1]




  • "Benjamin Franklin and the American Enlightenment", in The Intellectual World of Benjamin Franklin (Dilys P. Winegrad, ed., 1990) (ISBN 0812213262)
  • "The Debate Over Ratification in Virginia", Proceedings of the Leon Jaworski Constitutional Institute (American Bar Association, 1993)
  • "Deference, Republicanism and the Emergence of Popular Politics in Eighteenth Century America", William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series (1993) (ISSN 0043-5597; 1933-7698)
  • "Republicanism and the First American Party System", in Parties and Politics in American History (L. Sandy Maisel, and William G. Shade, eds., 1994) (ISBN 0815316909)
  • "Small Things Remembered: Writing The History of Everyday Life in Early America", American Quarterly, 42 (March 1990) (ISSN 0003-0678)
  • "The Colonial Period of American History", in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th ed. (ISBN 978-1593398378)
  • "The First American Party System", in the Encyclopaedia of Political Parties and Elections in the United States (L. Sandy Maisel, ed., 1991) (ISBN 978-0824079758)
  • "Self-Evident Fictions: Divine Right, Popular Sovereignty, and the Myth of the Constituent Power in the Anglo-American World", University of Texas Law Review, 67 (June 1989)
  • "The Revolutionary Character of the American Constitution", The Valley Forge Journal, III (1987)
  • "The Democratic Faith of Patrick Henry", Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 95 (1987) (ISSN 0042-6636)
  • "Thomas Jefferson and the American Revolution", in Thomas Jefferson: A Reference Biography (Merrill Petersen, ed., 1986) (ISBN 978-0684180694)
  • "The Political Response to Social Conflict in the Southern Backcountry: A Comparative View of Virginia and the Carolinas During the Revolution", in An Uncivil War: The Southern Backcountry in the American Revolution (Ronald Hoffman and Thad Tate, eds., 1985) (ISBN 978-0813910512)
  • "Cultural Conflict and Social Change in the Revolutionary South: A Case Study of Lunenburg County, Virginia", with Rhys Isaac, Journal of Southern History, XLVI (November 1980) (ISSN 0022-4642)
  • "The Social Functions of the Law in Colonial America", Reviews in American History, X (1982)(ISSN 0048-7511)
  • "A New Era in Female History", Reviews in American History, IX (September 1981) (ISSN 0048-7511)
  • "Robert Munford and the Political Culture of Frontier Virginia", Journal of American Studies, XII (1978) (ISSN 0021-8758)
  • "The New Social History and the Search for 'Community' in Early America", American Quarterly, XXIX (1977) (ISSN 0003-0678)
  • "Social Change and Cultural Conflict in Virginia: Lunenburg County, 1746-1774", William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, XXXV (1978) (ISSN 0043-5597; 1933-7698)
  • "The Colonial Frontier", in America's Historylands (Daniel J. Boorstin, ed., 1977) (ISBN 978-0870440038)
  • "Trade and Travel in Post-Revolutionary Virginia: A Diary of an Itinerant Peddler", Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 84 (1976) (ISSN 0042-6636)
  • "Labor Forces and Race Relations: A Comparative View of the Colonization of Brazil and Virginia", Political Science Quarterly, LXXVI (1971) (ISSN 0032-3195)
  • "Unlimited Debate in the Senate: The First Phase", Political Science Quarterly, LXXXIII (1968) (ISSN 0032-3195)



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Beeman, Richard. "Richard Beeman's Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2011-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 University of Pennsylvania. "Richard Beeman - Department of History - University of Pennsylvania". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2011-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. C.V. Starr Center. "George Washington Book Prize - Past Winners". Washington College. Retrieved 2011-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (2011). "Athenaeum of Philadelphia--Literary Award". The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Retrieved 2011-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Oxford University Gazette, 13 January 2000: Notices". Oxford University Gazette. Oxford University. 2000-01-13. Retrieved 2011-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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