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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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Revolution Song

Posted: March 28, 2018
This excerpt from Russell Shorto weaves together the life stories of six historical figures against the backdrop of the American Revolution.
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Revolutionary Backlash

Posted: August 26, 2020
Read an excerpt from Rosemarie Zagarri's Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic.
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Revolutionary Characters

Posted: November 05, 2013
Read an excerpt from Gordon Wood where he explains the origins of Thomas Paine's radical thinking through Paine's pamphlet Common Sense.
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This image depicts the book cover of Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820 by Susan E. Klepp. The image is a light blue color with a  circular image of a black haired woman holding a blonde haired baby. She is looking at the viewer and the baby is looking to the side.

Revolutionary Conceptions

Posted: March 08, 2017
In this excerpt, Susan Klepp discusses how the terms "virtue" and "prudence" came to be associated with women during the American Revolution.
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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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