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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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Madison's Hand

Posted: December 26, 2018
This excerpt from Mary Bilder discusses James Madison’s personal and political evolution and his enduring ambivalence toward the Constitutional Convention
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Mapping the Revolution

Posted: June 08, 2016
This excerpt from authors Richard Brown and Paul Cohen charts the territorial claims and geographic strategy behind military campaigns during the Revolutionary War.
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Memories of War

Posted: May 27, 2020
In this excerpt, historian Thomas A. Chambers explores how people visited and commemorated battlefields between independence and the Civil War.
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Memory's Daughters

Posted: March 09, 2022
Read an excerpt from Susan Stabile's book, Memory's Daughters: The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth-Century America.
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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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Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

Posted: January 24, 2018
This excerpt from authors Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf dissects the life of Thomas Jefferson and explores his attachment to home and to family.
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Museum of the American Revolution Official Guidebook

Posted: December 18, 2019
Read two excerpts from the Museum of the American Revolution's Official Guidebook published in 2019.
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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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Occupied America by Donald Johnson

Occupied America

Posted: December 23, 2020
Read an excerpt from Donald F. Johnson's book, Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution.
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Of Arms and Artists

Posted: April 25, 2018
This excerpt from Paul Staiti discusses artist and Revolutionary War veteran John Trumbull’s effort to create the paintings for the US Capitol Building.
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