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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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Thomas Paine : Collected Writings : Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters book cover

The American Crisis

Posted: December 23, 2015
Read an excerpt from Thomas Paine's collected writings, including the first in his pamphlet series published on December 19, 1776.
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Forged in Philadelphia

Posted: November 18, 2015
Read an excerpt from Rebecca Eckfeldt Gibby's children's book where she uncovers the history of her Revolutionary-era ancestor from Philadelphia.
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Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality book cover

Our Declaration

Posted: October 27, 2015
This excerpt from Danielle Allen examines the Declaration of Independence, the document’s relevance today, and the relationship between freedom and equality
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Epic Journeys of Freedom book cover

Epic Journeys of Freedom

Posted: October 14, 2015
Read this excerpt from Cassandra Pybus that personalizes the wartime stories of black men and women who fled their American masters to seek freedom.
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Book Cover of American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution

American Spring

Posted: September 29, 2015
This excerpt from Walter R. Borneman looks at the first six months of 1775, as tensions between the colonial resistance and the British Government grew.
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This image depicts the book cover of Reporting The Revolutionary War by Todd Andrlik. The background is a newspaper article text, black text written on a white background. On the left side of the cover, there is the painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River. On the right side of the book cover, there is a red box with white text written in it that says, “Before it was History, it was news.”

Reporting the Revolutionary War

Posted: September 15, 2015
This excerpt tells how a British decision to confiscate gunpowder from Williamsburg's magazine provoked outrage and action by the city's patriots.
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Hessians

Hessians

Posted: August 25, 2015
This excerpt from Brady Crytzer provides a look at the American Revolutionary War from the perspective of German Hessian soldiers who fought for the British
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Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It book cover

Whirlwind

Posted: August 11, 2015
This excerpt from John Ferling shows the trials and tribulations women faced during the long conflict of the American Revolutionary War.
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An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America book cover

An Empire on the Edge

Posted: July 28, 2015
Read an excerpt from Nick Bunker as he describes the Rhode Island colonist attack on a British ship which widened divisions between colonists and the Crown.
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Kidnapping the Enemy book cover

Kidnapping the Enemy

Posted: July 14, 2015
This excerpt from Christian McBurney shows Lieutenant Colonel Barton preparing for the successful July 10, 1777 raid on General Prescott's sleeping quarters.
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