John E. Ferling

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John E. Ferling
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On May 8, 2015, Professor John Ferling at the Treasury Executive Institute teaching Treasury executives about management and the United States Revolutionary War.
Born 1940
Nationality United States
Other names John Ferling
Occupation Historian, Author, Professor (retired 2004)
Known for American revolution historian
Awards Lifetime Achievement Award / Fraunces Tavern Book Award

John E. Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. As a leading historian in the American Revolution, he has appeared in television documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, C-SPAN Book TV, and the Learning Channel.[1]

Early life

John Ferling was born in 1940 in Charleston, West Virginia.[2] He grew up in Texas City, Texas.[2]


He attended Sam Houston State University. He later received a Masters degree in history from Baylor University.[2]


He taught for 39 years, mostly at the University of West Georgia. He retired from teaching to spend more time writing.[2]


  • The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon[3]
  • Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence[4][5]
  • The Loyalist Mind: Joseph Galloway and the American Revolution [6]
  • A Wilderness of Miseries: War and Warriors in Early America [7]
  • The First of Men: A Life of George Washington[8]
  • Struggle for a Continent: The Wars of Early America [9]
  • John Adams: A Life [10]
  • Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution [11]
  • A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic [12]
  • Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 [13]
  • Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free (published June 21, 2011)[14]
  • Jefferson and Hamilton: "The Rivalry That Forged A Nation"*[15]
  • Ferling, John E. (2015). Whirlwind: the American Revolution and the War that Won It. Bloomsbury Press. ISBN 9781620401729.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>



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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "John Ferling - Biography".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. " The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon (9781596914650): John Ferling: Books".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Ferling, J.E. (2007), Almost a miracle: the American victory in the War of Independence, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195181210, OCLC 85898929, retrieved 2009-07-05<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Almost A Miracle".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. *Ferling, J. E. (1977). The Loyalist Mind: Joseph Galloway and the American Revolution. Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 0271005149. OCLC 3088790.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Ferling, J.E. (1980). A wilderness of miseries: war and warriors in early America. Greenwood Press. ISBN 031322093X. OCLC 5706410.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Ferling, J.E.; Societies, American Council of Learned (1988), The first of men: A life of George Washington<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Ferling, J. (1993), "Struggle for a Continent: The Wars of Early America", America's First World War: the French and Indian War, 1754-1763, Harlan Davidson<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Ferling, J. (1992), John Adams: a life, Univ. of Tennessee Press, ISBN 0870497308, OCLC 243731777<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Ferling, J.E. (2000). Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195134095. OCLC 43118302.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Ferling, J.E. (2003), A leap in the dark: the struggle to create the American republic, ISBN 0195159241, OCLC 51511252, retrieved 2009-07-05<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Ferling, J.E. (2004), Adams vs. Jefferson: the tumultuous election of 1800, ISBN 0195167716, OCLC 54959849<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free: John Ferling: 9781608190089: Books".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Ferling, John E. (2013). Jefferson and Hamilton: "The Rivalry That Forged A Nation". Bloomsbury Press. ISBN 9781608195282. OCLC 826322983.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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