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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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Image 010721 Rtr186 1774 Long Year Revolution Norton Cover

1774: The Long Year of Revolution

Posted: January 13, 2021
Read an excerpt from Mary Beth Norton's book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution.
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This image shows the book cover of 1776 by David McCullough. 1776 is written in large red font in the center of the image. On the bottom, there is a painting depicting the Continental Army.

1776

Posted: July 01, 2014
Read an excerpt from David McCullough's book that captures American reactions in the immediate aftermath of the Declaration of Independence.
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This image depicts A Crisis of Peace by David Head book cover. It is a colored portrait of General Washington.

A Crisis of Peace

Posted: July 14, 2021
Read an excerpt from David Head's book, A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution.
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Book cover for A Fragile Freedom by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

A Fragile Freedom

Posted: June 14, 2023
Read an excerpt from Erica Armstrong Dunbar's book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City.
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A Generous and Merciful Enemy book cover

A Generous and Merciful Enemy

Posted: July 15, 2014
This excerpt from Daniel Krebs reveals the experience of the tens of thousands of German-speaking soldiers, called "Hessians" hired by the British Crown.
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A Perfect Union Book Cover

A Perfect Union

Posted: March 27, 2019
This excerpt from Catherine Allgor shows how Dolly Madison became a well known figure in the United States, even earning the title of “America’s Queen.”
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A Revolution In Color Book Cover

A Revolution in Color

Posted: September 27, 2017
This excerpt from Jane Kamensky provides an introduction into the world of artist John Singleton Copley and of the American Revolution as seen by him.
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A Revolution in Eating Book Cover

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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A Sweet Taste of History by Walter Staib

A Sweet Taste of History

Posted: November 25, 2020
Read an excerpt from Chef Walter Staib's cookbook, A Sweet Taste of History: More than 100 Elegant Dessert Recipes from America's Earliest Days.
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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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