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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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Revolutionary Dissent

Posted: May 09, 2018
This excerpt from Stephen Solomon explores how early Americans used technology and communication networks to expand participation in political discussions
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Revolutionary Friends

Posted: November 09, 2016
Read an excerpt from Selene Castrovilla's children's book that tells the story of the enduring friendship of George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette.
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Revolutionary Medicine

Posted: May 06, 2014
Read an excerpt from Jeanne Abrams to learn how Washington's effort to prevent smallpox represents one of the first American public health initiatives
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Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin

Revolutionary Mothers

Posted: March 13, 2019
This excerpt from Carol Berkin shows that while women different experiences of the American Revolution, they each played a unique role in its efforts.
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Revolutionary Summer

Posted: July 13, 2013
This excerpt from Joseph Ellis explains how the success of the Battle of Long Island came from the combined result of lucky breaks for the Americans.
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Rum Punch and Revolution

Posted: March 30, 2016
This excerpt from Peter Thompson highlights the changing culture surrounding taverns and political life on the eve of the American Revolution
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Running from Bondage

Posted: February 23, 2022
Read an excerpt from Karen Cook Bell's book, Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America.
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Saratoga

Posted: October 07, 2014
Read an excerpt from Richard Ketchum's Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War.
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Scars of Independence

Posted: July 26, 2017
This excerpt from author Holger Hoock examines the moral dilemmas posed by the all-pervasive violence of the American Revolutionary War.
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Sealed with Blood

Posted: April 26, 2017
This excerpt from Sarah Purcell argues shared experiences of the Revolutionary War offered Americans an opportunity to create a sense of national identity
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