Portrait of John Dickinson


Jane E. Calvert, Director and Chief Editor

News and Events

John Dickinson and the Making of the U.S. Constitution, 1776–1788:

Hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia

Session I with guess Liz Covart

Session II with guess Jack Rakove

Session III with guess John Kaminski

Learn about Dr. Calvert's research and teaching on John Dickinson:

Watch Director of the JDP Jane E. Calvert:

Listen to Dr. Calvert on the “Ramble and Rumble with Rabbi” radio program:

“Dr. Jane Calvert, Historian on Founding Father John Dickinson”

See Work of the JDP:

“John Dickinson’s Manumission Deed for his Slaves (1777)” and “John Dickinson’s Draft of the Articles of Confederation (1776),” at Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s “Preserving American Freedom Project”

Read Dr. Calvert’s Publications relating to the JDP and John Dickinson:

“The Friendly Jurisprudence and Early Feminism of John Dickinson,” in Great Christian Jurists in American History ed. Daniel L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 133–59.

“An Expansive Conception of Rights: The Abolitionism of John Dickinson,” in When in the Course of Human Events: 1776 in America and Beyond ed. William R. Jordan (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2018), 21–54.

“Myth-Making and Myth-Breaking in the Historiography on John Dickinson,” The Journal of the Early Republic vol. 34, no. 3 (2014): 467–80.

“John Dickinson’s Quaker Contributions to the Creation of the American Republic,” in Faith and the Founders of the American Republic, ed. Mark David Hall and Daniel L. Dreisbach. (Oxford University Press, 2014), 277–304.

“The ‘Documentary Democracy’ of the Writings of John Dickinson, Then and Now,” Scholarly Editing 34 (2013).

“Letter to Farmers in Pennsylvania: John Dickinson Writes to the Paxton Boys,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography vol. 136, no. 4 (2012): 475–77.

“‘The Character of an Author’: Attribution and Misattribution of the Writings of John Dickinson,” The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America vol. 104, no. 3 (2010): 341–46.

Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson. Cambridge University Press, 2009. Or purchase it through Amazon.

“Liberty without Tumult: Understanding the Politics of John Dickinson,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography vol. 132, no. 3 (2007): 233–62.

Attend Dr. Calvert's Public Lectures on John Dickinson:

“‘Defending the Innocent & Redressing the Injurd’: Discovering the Rights Advocacy of Delaware’s John Dickinson,” University of Delaware, October 2019.

Panelist “Founding Fathers and American Leadership Conference,” Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, September 20, 2019.

“Human Rights at the American Founding: The Unexpected Contributions of John Dickinson,” University of Kentucky, November 13, 2017.

Constitution Day Address, University of South Carolina, Upstate, October 2017.

Constitution Day Address, University of Kentucky, September 2017.

Invited Participant, A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas, Mercy University, Macon, GA, March 2016.

Delaware Humanities Forum Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture, Wilmington, DE, October 2014

Constitution Day Address, George Fox University, Newberg, OR, September 2013.

“Discovering America’s First Political Hero: The Writings of John Dickinson.” The American Revolution Round Table of Delaware, Newark, DE, October 2013.

The Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, PA, July 4, 2012.

“John Dickinson: America’s First Political Hero,” at The Center for Visions and Values, Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, December 2011.

Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation, Wilmington, DE, October 2011.

Saturday Symposium for University of Delaware Alumni, John Dickinson Plantation and The Old State House, Dover, DE, October 2011.

David Library of the American Revolution, Washington’s Crossing, PA, January 2010.

The Society for Colonial Wars in Delaware, Wilmington, DE, May 2010.

The Society for Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Louisville, KY, June 2009.

The Friends of the Dickinson College Library, Carlisle, PA, March 2008.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion, Dover, DE, June 2007, 2008, 2009.

Portrait of John Dickinson and manuscript image courtesy of The Library Company of Philadelphia