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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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Citizen Sailors Book Cover

Citizen Sailors

Posted: January 25, 2017
This excerpt from Nathan Perl-Rosenthal that examines evolving concepts of identity, nationality, and citizenship in the decades leading to the War of 1812.
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The Valley Forge Winter

Posted: December 21, 2016
This excerpt from Wayne Bodle presents the story of the winter of 1777-1778 during the American Revolution with details that may be new to most readers.
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George Washington's America

Posted: December 07, 2016
This excerpt from Barnet Schecter shows the issues facing Washington and the Continental Army in 1776 as they began to defend the city from the British.
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A Revolution in Eating

Posted: November 23, 2016
This excerpt from James McWilliams shows how the first American cookbook in 1796 led to introducing American recipes alongside the traditional British ones
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Revolutionary Friends

Posted: November 09, 2016
Read an excerpt from Selene Castrovilla's children's book that tells the story of the enduring friendship of George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette.
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The King's Three Faces

Posted: October 26, 2016
This excerpt from Brendan McConville discusses the physical and symbolic destruction of objects associated with the British Monarchy.
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Grand Forage 1778

Posted: September 28, 2016
This excerpt from Todd Braisted details how the British Army gathered provisions and battled with American soldiers and civilians for supplies and loyalties
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The Internal Enemy

Posted: September 14, 2016
This excerpt from Alan Taylor examines the complex subject of slavery in a state dedicated to liberty and freedom, yet enslaved two-fifths of the population
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Washington's Immortals

Posted: August 23, 2016
This excerpt from Patrick O'Donnell tells the story of the First Maryland Regiment and its presence at many of the major battles of the American Revolution
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Women of the Republic

Posted: August 17, 2016
This excerpt from Linda Kerber explains the concept of "Republic Motherhood" during the Revolution and explores its lasting legacy on the American Republic
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