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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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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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Image 091520 1776x2652 Libertysdaughters

Liberty's Daughters

Posted: May 10, 2023
Read an excerpt from Mary Beth Norton's groundbreaking book, Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800.
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Cover of W. Jeffrey Bolster's book Black Jacks.

Black Jacks

Posted: April 19, 2023
Read an excerpt from W. Jeffrey Bolster's book, Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail.
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African Founders book cover by David Hackett Fischer

African Founders

Posted: February 08, 2023
Read an excerpt from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Hackett Fischer's book, African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals.
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Book cover for Feeding Washington's Army by Ricardo A. Herrera featuring an image of Harrington Fitzgerald's painting Valley Forge Winter.

Feeding Washington's Army

Posted: January 11, 2023
Read an excerpt from Ricardo A. Herrera's book, Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778.
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Indigenous Continent Cover Pekka

Indigenous Continent

Posted: November 02, 2022
Read an excerpt from Pekka Hämäläinen's book, Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America.
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Founding Finance book cover by William Hogeland.

Founding Finance

Posted: October 12, 2022
Read an excerpt from William Hogeland's book, Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation.
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Unveiling Memories book Cover by Iberdrola

Unveiling Memories

Posted: October 05, 2022
Read an excerpt from Iberdrola's book Unveiling Memories: Spain and the Hispanic Contribution to American Independence edited by José Manuel Guerrero Acosta.
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The Compleat Victory Saratoga and the American Revolution by Kevin Weddle book cover.

The Compleat Victory

Posted: September 14, 2022
Read an excerpt from Kevin J. Weddle's The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution.
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Book cover for Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution by Woody Holton.

Liberty is Sweet

Posted: July 27, 2022
Read an excerpt from Woody Holton's book, Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution.
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Two ships on the cover of a took titled Rebels at Sea

Rebels at Sea

Posted: June 22, 2022
Read an excerpt from Eric Jay Dolin's book, Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.
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