Recent Online Essays and Articles

The following are links to essays and articles that have been published online:

Essay in History News Network (June 10, 2018)

“The Overlooked Radical of the American Revolution: James Monroe"



Essay in “Made By History” in the May 29, 2018 Washington Post 

“Forget a new civil war. We need a new American revolution: Many of the things the revolutionaries fought to escape from are parts of modern America.”



Talks on C-Span

Two of my talks have been televised and are available on the C-Span Book TV website.


To see and hear me speaking about my book Whirlwind, go to


To see and hear me speaking about my book Jefferson and Hamilton, go to





 "Cat's Roundtable" radio interview (July 2, 2018): https://omny.fm/shows/cats-interviews/7-02-18-john-ferling

Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History is a weekly show that introduces non-specialist history enthusiasts to the people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world. My episode is available for download at : benfranklinsworld.com/046

and on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Spreaker, YouTube, AGOGOTuneIn RadioiHeartRadio, and Spotify.


“Dr. Syntax” features authors. The link to Dr. Syntax is: http://www.doctorsyntax.net/2015/07/one-for-books-independence-day.html 


Group Interviews in the Journal of the American Revolution

During the past few years I have done three Group Interviews in the Journal of the American Revolution. To read my responses and those of other historians to the questions posed by Todd Andrlik, editor of the Journal, go to the following links:





Wall Street Journal

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:20PM

For a brief article that appeared in “Speakeasy,” the Wall Street Journal’s blog, on whether the rivalry between Jefferson and Hamilton inspired greatness in either man, go to the following link:


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The “Movie” Jefferson and Hamilton

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 04:44PM

Here, for the web site  “My Book, The Movie,” Ferling dreamcasts an adaptation of his book Jefferson and Hamilton:


A movie has been made about Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson in Paris), but none about Alexander Hamilton so far as I know. But is it outlandish to contemplate a movie about their rivalry at the time of the nation’s founding? They were colorful figures and opposites in most respects. They offered competing visions of the shape and character of the new United States. Their intensely partisan struggle polarized the American people in much the same fashion as American politics has been polarized in recent years, and some things that divided them – the size of government, for instance – continue to cause political divisions today.

 You can see the actors that Ferling imagines playing Jefferson and Hamilton, and other leading figures in their lives, at this link:



“Barnes and Noble Review” 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 08:07AM

In the “Barnes and Noble Review” of December 12, 2013, Deputy Editor Nick Curley interviewed Ferling about Jefferson and Hamilton. Curley called the book a “vivid new work” that combines “poetics and tenacious scholarship,” adding: “Ferling explores the dissonances in the characters of both men, bringing them to life as wavering, fallible, yet finally exceptional in their desire to create a new society in their own image.” The full interview can be found at  http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com