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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 Swamp Fox

Posted: February 08, 2017
Read an excerpt from John Oller's biography on Francis Marion, that seeks to unpack and debunk some of the myths on the "Swamp Fox" of the Revolutionary War
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Washington's General by TerryGolway

Washington's General

Posted: January 11, 2017
Read an excerpt from Terry Golway's biography of Nathanael Greene, who was appointed by Washington as commander of the Southern Army.
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Financier of the Revolution

Posted: October 12, 2016
Read an excerpt from Charles Rappleye about the rise and fall of Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris.
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Benjamin Franklin in London

Posted: July 20, 2016
Read an excerpt from George Goodwin that highlights Benjamin Franklin's role as a colonial representative, actively engaged in British politics.
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The Revolution's Last Men

Posted: April 21, 2015
Read an excerpt from Don Hagist in which he updated biographies on the last living American Revolution veterans for a more accurate take.
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Treacherous Beauty by Mark Jacob and Stephen Case

Treacherous Beauty

Posted: March 24, 2015
Read an excerpt from a biography by Mark Jacob and Stephen H. Case highlighting the life of Peggy Shippen, the wife of the treasonous Benedict Arnold.
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Washington: A Life

Posted: December 23, 2014
Read an excerpt from Ron Chernow's biography on George Washington, Washington: A Life.
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The Shoemaker and the Tea Party

Posted: December 09, 2014
Read an excerpt from Alfred Young's essays about the contributions of ordinary people, specifically a shoemaker, to the American Revolution.
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John Adams

Posted: November 04, 2014
Read an excerpt from David McCullough about the Founding Fathers negotiating with the British as they begin talks to officially end the war.
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The First American

Posted: September 23, 2014
Read an excerpt from H. W. Brands about about Ben Franklin presenting the first draft for the Articles of Confederation to the Continental Congress.
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