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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: Exploring the human endeavor. Subscribe to get the biweekly Read the Revolution featured excerpts emailed right to your inbox for free.

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Inspired by the Read the Revolution featured excerpts, the Read the Revolution Speaker Series brings celebrated authors and historians to the Museum for lively, facilitated discussions of their work. Each Read the Revolution Speaker Series program, hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, includes a special talk and audience Q&A.

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Household Gods by Sara Georgini

Household Gods

Posted: March 24, 2021
Read an excerpt from Sara Georgini's book, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family.
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Founding Friendships by Cassandra Good

Founding Friendships

Posted: March 05, 2021
Read an excerpt from Cassandra Good's Founding Friendships to explore how, by forming friendships, women and men challenged social expectations but embraced founding ideals of freedom, choice, and equality in the early United States.
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If These Stones Could Talk by Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills

If These Stones Could Talk

Posted: February 24, 2021
Read an excerpt from Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills's recent book, If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey.
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The Dawn of Detroit by Tiya Miles

The Dawn of Detroit

Posted: February 10, 2021
Read an excerpt from Tiya Miles' recent book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits.
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Finding Charity's Folk by Jessica Millward

Finding Charity's Folk

Posted: January 27, 2021
Read two excerpts from Jessica Millward's book, Finding Charity's Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland.
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1774: The Long Year of Revolution

Posted: January 13, 2021
Read an excerpt from Mary Beth Norton's new book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution.
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Occupied America by Donald Johnson

Occupied America

Posted: December 23, 2020
Read an excerpt from Donald F. Johnson's book, Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution.
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A Sweet Taste of History by Walter Staib

A Sweet Taste of History

Posted: November 25, 2020
Read an excerpt from Chef Walter Staib's cookbook, A Sweet Taste of History: More than 100 Elegant Dessert Recipes from America's Earliest Days.
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Contest for Liberty

Posted: November 11, 2020
Read an excerpt from Seanegan P. Sculley's book, Contest for Liberty: Military Leadership in the Continental Army, 1775-1783.
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Image 102620 Rtr181 Right To Vote Keyssar

The Right to Vote

Posted: October 28, 2020
Read an excerpt from Alexander Keyssar's book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States.
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