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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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The Hemingses of Monticello

Posted: September 23, 2020
Read an excerpt from Annette Gordon-Reed's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
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The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Posted: September 09, 2020
Read an excerpt from Bernard Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.
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Revolutionary Backlash

Posted: August 26, 2020
Read an excerpt from Rosemarie Zagarri's Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic.
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Remarkable Women of New England

Posted: August 18, 2020
This excerpt from Carole Owens explores women’s various roles and responsibilities between 1754 and 1787, including those of laborers and business owners.
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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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Summer Reading List: 2020 Young Reader's Edition

Posted: July 08, 2020
View our list of 2020 Summer Reading Books about the American Revolutionary War to share stories of history with children of all ages!
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Our Sister Republics

Posted: June 24, 2020
Caitlin Fitz investigates South Americans who visited the United States to inspire support and gather supplies for their revolutions back home.
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Reading List: The Role of Cities in the American Revolution

Posted: June 17, 2020
Check out nine suggested readings from our collection of Read the Revolution book excerpts addressing the role of cities in the American Revolution.
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Memories of War

Posted: May 27, 2020
In this excerpt, historian Thomas A. Chambers explores how people visited and commemorated battlefields between independence and the Civil War.
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Learning to Stand and Speak

Posted: May 13, 2020
Read an excerpt of historian Mary Kelley's book Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic.
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