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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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Sex Among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender & Power in the Age Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830 book cover

Sex Among the Rabble

Posted: April 22, 2020
Read an excerpt from Clare A. Lyons' book, Sex Among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender & Power in the Age Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830.
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Slave Counterpoint book cover

Slave Counterpoint

Posted: July 24, 2019
This excerpt from Phillip Morgan explains the value of studying slave culture in the eighteenth century and “humanizing the institution of slavery.”
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This image depicts the Standing in Their Own Light book cover by Judith Van Buskirk. The image is a painting of a person of African Descent in military clothing. He his wearing a blue jacket and carrying a rifle pointed upward in his right hand. His right leg is bent, giving the illusion that he is walking on a field.

Standing in Their Own Light

Posted: June 23, 2021
Read an excerpt from Judith L. Van Buskirk's book, Standing in Their Own Light: African American Patriots in the American Revolution.
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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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Tacky's Revolt

Posted: February 12, 2020
Read an excerpt from Vincent Brown's book, Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War
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Thomas Paine : Collected Writings : Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters book cover

The American Crisis

Posted: December 23, 2015
Read an excerpt from Thomas Paine's collected writings, including the first in his pamphlet series published on December 19, 1776.
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The American Plate Book Cover

The American Plate

Posted: March 10, 2015
Read this excerpt from Libby O'Connell's The American Plate about the role patriotism played in leading us towards our now ubiquitous coffee culture.
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The American Revolution

Posted: October 08, 2013
Read this excerpt of a letter by Benedict Arnold 'to the Inhabitants of America' that reveals the ideological shift he experienced over the course of war.
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The American Revolution Book Cover

The American Revolution

Posted: August 26, 2014
This excerpt from Gordon Wood shows how the ideals of 'republicanism' influenced the governments being formed at the start of the Revolutionary War.
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The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook book cover

The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook

Posted: October 21, 2014
This excerpt from Frances H. Kennedy describes more than 100 landmarks from the American Revolution in the chronology of their importance to the war.
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