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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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Monmouth Court House book cover

Monmouth Court House

Posted: June 23, 2015
This excerpt from authors Joseph Bilby and Katherine Bilby Jenkins shows George Washington receiving recommendations from his generals regarding the readiness of American troops
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Founding Friendships book cover

Founding Friendships

Posted: June 09, 2015
This excerpt from Cassandra Good shows how women gained political access, influence, and information through their male friends in political office.
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Desperate Sons

Posted: May 26, 2015
This excerpt from Les Standiford describes America's growing number of grievances with its mother country and Britain's indifference to colonists' complaints
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Philadelphia: A 300-Year History book cover

Philadelphia

Posted: May 12, 2015
This excerpt from a multitude of authors shows how the events of 1776 led an uneasy population to shore up their defenses and eventually flee.
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Paul Revere's Ride book cover

Paul Revere's Ride

Posted: April 07, 2015
This excerpt from David Hackett Fischer delves into Paul Revere's history as well as the tumultuous world he lived in, and highlights that fateful day.
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The American Plate Book Cover

The American Plate

Posted: March 10, 2015
Read this excerpt from Libby O'Connell's The American Plate about the role patriotism played in leading us towards our now ubiquitous coffee culture.
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Rebels Rising Book Cover

Rebels Rising

Posted: February 24, 2015
This excerpt from Benjamin Carp explains the role of colonial meeting spaces as opinions of everyday people gained increasing political influence.
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This image shows the book cover of The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of An American Myth by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The cover shows a stitching of a man and woman fishing on the banks of a river. In the background, there is a large house on hills.

Age of Homespun

Posted: February 10, 2015
Read an excerpt from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s telling of the importance of women's patriotism during the boycotting of British goods.
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Battle of Cowpens

Posted: January 20, 2015
This excerpt from Lawrence Babits transports us to 1781, when Americans finally achieved victory at the Battle of Cowpens after a series of southern losses.
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Common Sense

Posted: January 06, 2015
This excerpt comes from the section "Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs" from Common Sense, the influential pamphlet by Thomas Paine.
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