Historical Hall of Fame: Richard R. Beeman (b. 1942) is the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University.
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Dr. Beeman is a historian of the American Revolutionary Era, and has
written seven books and several dozen articles on aspects of America's political and constitutional history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His recent book, Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (Random House, 2009) was the winner of the George Washington Book Prize (see pictured at left) and the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Athenaeum. His newest book, The Penguin Guide to the United States was published by Penguin Press in August, 2010.
Professor Beeman has served as Chair of the Department of History, Associate Dean in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences responsible for the School's humanities and social sciences departments, and serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center and is Chair of the Constitution Center's Committee on Programs, Exhibits, and Education.
Professor Beeman's teaching activities  have ranged over numerous topics dealing with the History of the United States from the founding of the colonies up to the Civil War. His current teaching interests center on the period of the American Revolution and Constitution and on the history of the American presidency and American presidential elections.
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Major works by Richard Beeman:
o Beyond Confederation: Origins of the Constitution and American National Identity (1987)
oThe Evolution of the Southern Backcountry: A Case Study of Lunenburg County, Virginia,
1746-1832 (1989)
o The Old Dominion and the New Nation, 1788-1801 (1972)
o The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution: A Fully Annotated Declaration ofIndependence, U. S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections from the Federalist Papers(2010)
o Patrick Henry: A Biography (1974)
o Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (2010)
o The Varieties of Political Experience in Eighteenth-Century America (2004)