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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: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Inspired by the Read the Revolution featured excerpts, the Read the Revolution Speaker Series brings celebrated authors and historians to the Museum for lively, facilitated discussions of their work.

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The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774–1776 book cover

The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony

Posted: January 14, 2014
This excerpt from Mark Anderson reveals the beginnings of the Quebec Campaign when colonists were trying to bring Canada into the Continental confederation
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Journal of the American Revolution Book Cover

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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Journal of the American Revolution Book Cover

Journal of the American Revolution

Posted: December 17, 2013
Read an excerpt from the Journal of the American Revolution.
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The Last Muster

Posted: December 02, 2013
Read this excerpt from Maureen Taylor’s book that complied over fifty nineteenth-century photographs and shares biographical information for each person.
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Financial Founding Fathers

Posted: November 19, 2013
This excerpt by authors Wright and Cowen reveals how Robert Morris brought order to the early American economy and created the first national bank.
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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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The Midwife's Revolt book cover

The Midwife's Revolt

Posted: October 22, 2013
Read an excerpt from Jodi Daynard's historical fiction novel about a woman confronting life and widowhood during the American Revolution.
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The American Revolution Writings From The War book cover

A Confession

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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Image 10152020 Readtherevolutionbookcover The Other Side

The Men Who Lost America

Posted: September 24, 2013
Read an excerpt from Andrew O'Shaughnessy about the failings of ten British leaders whose actions shaped the outcome of the American Revolution.
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Chains

Posted: September 10, 2013
Read an excerpt from Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel that tells the story of a young slave girl during the start of the Revolutionary War.
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