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Use our modular materials – including thematic units, high-quality images, contemporary connections, and provocative questions – to enhance your classroom instruction or round out your students’ visit to the Museum.

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Through Their Eyes: Major Causes and Events of the American Revolution

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Complements our core student in-gallery experience. Explores the role of museums, types of revolutions, and the people, causes, events and repercussions of the American Revolution.

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Timeline of the American Revolution

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Using a mixture of historical objects, artifacts, and documents all drawn from the Museum’s collection, this multimedia timeline explores both key moments and surprising stories of the American Revolution. The Timeline features high-quality images and is enhanced by video explorations of select items.

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Finding Freedom

A watercolor depicts London, a person of African descent, with his trumpet lowered in his right hand. He is looking over his left shoulder toward a hill. On top of the hill, there is a fire and smoke. Running toward the hill are four British soldiers with their rifles pointed.

Explore the stories of African American men and women in war-torn Virginia with the Museum's MUSE Award-winning Finding Freedom online interactive, which draws from a variety of historical sources and contemporary analysis to try to understand the lives and decisions of five real people of African descent living in Virginia in 1781, as the British and American armies battle across the state. Their stories are told through research-based first-person narratives.

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Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia exhibit graphic featuring a portrait of James Forten.

Use our modular activities and ready-made worksheets to help your students dig deeper into the story of free Black Philadelphian James Forten and his descendants as they navigated cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia during the American Revolution to become leaders in the abolition and women's suffrage movements.

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Season of Independence

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Explore the spread of support for American independence from January to July of 1776 and encounter the perspectives of real men and women on all sides of the debate with the Museum's Season of Independence online interactive, which presents the voices of those who supported independence, disagreed, and hoped to avoid a war altogether.

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Liberty: Don Troiani's Paintings of the Revolutionary War

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Immerse yourself in the dramatic and research-based works of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani to bring the compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events of the American Revolution to life in the Museum's special exhibition (which was on view through Sept. 5, 2022) and 360-degree virtual tour, Liberty: Don Troiani's Paintings of the Revolutionary War.

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Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia

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Created for our temporary exhibition, Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia, which ran from Oct. 2018 through March 2019. Explores Alexander Hamilton’s life, revolutionary Philadelphia, and the challenges and difficult decisions involved in the creation of a new nation.

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