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Curated by Museum staff since 2013, Read the Revolution features excerpts from thought-provoking books about the American Revolution. Read the Revolution was created with thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Subscribe to get the biweekly Read the Revolution featured excerpts emailed right to your inbox for free.

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Hessians German Soldiers American Revolutionary War by Friederike Baer book cover.

Hessians

Posted: May 11, 2022
Read an excerpt of Friederike Baer's new book, Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War.
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Memory's Daughters by Susan Stabile Book Cover

Memory's Daughters

Posted: March 09, 2022
Read an excerpt from Susan Stabile's book, Memory's Daughters: The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth-Century America.
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Running From Bondage by Karen Cook Bell Book Cover

Running from Bondage

Posted: February 23, 2022
Read an excerpt from Karen Cook Bell's book, Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America.
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Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality book cover

Our Declaration

Posted: January 26, 2022
Read an excerpt from Danielle Allen's book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.
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Book cover for The Howe Dynasty by Julie Flavell

The Howe Dynasty

Posted: January 12, 2022
Read an excerpt from Julie Flavell's book, The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain’s Wars for America.
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The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson Book Cover

The British Are Coming

Posted: December 22, 2021
Read an excerpt from Rick Atkinson's book, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777.
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Double Feature Ten Crucial Days Read the Revolution book Covers

Double Feature: Countdown to the 10 Crucial Days

Posted: December 15, 2021
Read excerpts from William Kidder's Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds and Lynne Cheney's When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots.
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Past And Prologue by Michael Hattem

Past and Prologue

Posted: November 24, 2021
Read an excerpt from Michael Hattem's book, Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution.
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Forgotten Allies book cover

Forgotten Allies

Posted: November 10, 2021
Read an excerpt from Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin's Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution.
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This image depicts the cover of Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood. The top of the cover is an image of the Founding Fathers, most of them standing and pointing at one another, in the midst of conversation. The bottom half of the cover is the title of the book, which is written in blue and red colors.

Power and Liberty

Posted: October 20, 2021
Read an excerpt from Gordon S. Wood's new book, Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution.
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