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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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The West Point History of the American Revolution

Posted: December 12, 2018
This excerpt from a team of historians details 1778 when the British went to the South to rally Loyalists and disrupt the economy of the Revolutionaries.
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American Cookie: The Snaps, Drops, Jumbles, Tea Cakes, Bars & Brownies That We Have Loved For Generations book cover

American Cookie

Posted: November 28, 2018
Read an excerpt from Anne Byrn's recipe book that journeys through America's most beloved sweet treats and historical confections.
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The Indian World of George Washington

Posted: October 24, 2018
This excerpt from Colin Calloway shows George Washington’s initial lack of understanding of Native allies and their impact on the nation’s founding
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Historians on Hamilton

Posted: October 10, 2018
In her essay, Renee C. Romano looks at how Hamilton: An American Musical sparked surprising conversations and unexpected results
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The Philadelphia Campaign, Vol. II

Posted: September 26, 2018
This excerpt from Thomas McGuire depicts the movement of Hessian forces as they marched to fight Continental troops at the Birmingham Meeting House
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Never Caught

Posted: August 22, 2018
This excerpt from Erica Armstrong Dunbar examines the growth of anti-slavery sentiment in Philadelphia during the 1780s and 1790s.
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Success to America

Posted: August 08, 2018
Read an excerpt from the book, Success to America: Creamware for the American Market, featuring the S. Robert Teitelman Collection at Winterthur.
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This image depicts the book cover of Digging in The City of Brotherly Love by Rebecca Yamin. The cover is a photo of a Philadelphia park in the fall. The top and bottom of the book cover are purple. The title of the book is written in front of a yellow strip.

Digging in the City of Brotherly Love

Posted: July 11, 2018
Read this excerpt from Rebecca Yamin that features a 19 century insurance policy, suggesting an explanation to a unidentified recovered artifact.
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Insignia of Independence Book Cover

Insignia of Independence

Posted: June 27, 2018
This excerpt from artist Don Troiani and author James L. Kochan looks at the armies of the American Revolution and further divides each by regiment to take a closer look.
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Invisible Ink

Posted: May 23, 2018
This excerpt from John Nagy shows the spycraft of a Philadelphia family during British occupation and their assistance in helping Washington prepare battle
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