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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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The Counter-Revolution of 1776 Book Cover

The Counter-Revolution of 1776

Posted: February 27, 2019
This excerpt from Gerald Horne demonstrates how the Revolution reinvigorated the slave trade and subsequently bore a counter-revolution of slavery.
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Book cover for Wayne Lee's The Cutting-Off Way.

The Cutting-Off Way

Posted: September 27, 2023
Read an excerpt from Wayne E. Lee's new book, The Cutting-Off Way: Indigenous Warfare in Eastern North America, 1500–1800.
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The Dawn of Detroit by Tiya Miles

The Dawn of Detroit

Posted: February 10, 2021
Read an excerpt from Tiya Miles' recent book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits.
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The Day the American Revolution Began Book Cover

The Day the American Revolution Began

Posted: April 12, 2017
In this excerpt from military historian William H. Hallahan he recounts April 19, 1775, the Day the American Revolution Began.
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The Declaration of Independence Book Cover

The Declaration of Independence

Posted: June 22, 2016
This excerpt by David Armitage examines how the Declaration of Independence became a political and philosophical model for nations across the globe.
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The Disaffected

Posted: September 25, 2019
Read an excerpt from Aaron Sullivan's book, The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
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The Divided Ground

Posted: November 18, 2014
Read this excerpt from Alan Taylor that tells of an important ally in the American Revolution: the Oneida Nation, a nation of the Iroquois Confederacy.
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The Expanding Blaze book cover

The Expanding Blaze

Posted: March 14, 2018
This excerpt from Jonathan Israel investigates radical ideas of self-government, liberty, and republicanism that challenged the Old World institutions.
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The First Congress Book Cover

The First Congress

Posted: July 06, 2016
Read this excerpt from Fergus Bordewich that covers the debates over Alexander Hamilton’s financial plan to the simple question of how we address the president.
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The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn Book Cover

The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn

Posted: September 13, 2017
This excerpt from Robert Watson weaves together details of the horrifying conditions experienced aboard the HMS Jersey during the American Revolutionary.
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