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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 Valley Forge Winter

Posted: December 21, 2016
This excerpt from Wayne Bodle presents the story of the winter of 1777-1778 during the American Revolution with details that may be new to most readers.
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The West Point History of the American Revolution

Posted: December 12, 2018
This excerpt from a team of historians details 1778 when the British went to the South to rally Loyalists and disrupt the economy of the Revolutionaries.
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The Will of the People

Posted: November 13, 2019
Read an excerpt from T.H. Breen's book, The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America.
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Book cover for Akhil Reed Amar's The Words That Made Us with black font on parchment colored background.

The Words That Made Us

Posted: September 13, 2023
Read an excerpt from Akhil Reed Amar's book, The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840.
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These Truths

Posted: June 28, 2023
Read an excerpt from Jill Lepore's book, These Truths: A History of the United States.
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They Were Good Soldiers

Posted: July 22, 2020
In these excerpts from John Rees, Black veterans share details of their service, emancipation, and freedom in the midst of revolutionary ferment.
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True for the Cause of Liberty

Posted: January 10, 2024
Read an excerpt from Oscar E. Gilbert and Catherine R. Gilbert's book, True for the Cause of Liberty: The Second Spartan Regiment in the American Revolution.
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Turning Point

Posted: December 17, 2013
This excerpt from Todd Andrlik features an article by Thomas Fleming revealing a turning point for General George Washington during the American Revolution
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Until Justice Be Done

Posted: July 26, 2023
Read an excerpt from Kate Masur's book, Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction.
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Unveiling Memories

Posted: October 05, 2022
Read an excerpt from Iberdrola's book Unveiling Memories: Spain and the Hispanic Contribution to American Independence edited by José Manuel Guerrero Acosta.
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