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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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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. Each Read the Revolution Speaker Series program, hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, includes a special talk and audience Q&A.

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George Washington

Posted: February 25, 2014
Read an excerpt from Stephen Brumwell's biography of George Washington and learn how Washington secured the history-making position of Commander in Chief.
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A Gentleman of Color

Posted: February 11, 2014
Read an excerpt from Julie Winch's biography of James Forten, a boy who would grow to become a prominent businessman, abolitionist and a celebrated Patriot.
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Founding Mothers

Posted: January 28, 2014
Read this excerpt from Cokie Roberts that offers a comprehensive look at the many roles women played in American Revolutionary War.
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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

Posted: December 17, 2013
Read an excerpt from the Journal of 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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The Last Muster by Maureen Taylor

The Last Muster

Posted: December 02, 2013
Read this excerpt from Maureen Taylor’s The Last Muster to learn more about three veterans of the American Revolution—Nathaniel Ames, Agrippa Hull, and Ezra Green.
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Financial Founding Fathers

Posted: November 19, 2013
This excerpt by authors Robert Wright and David 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

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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