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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 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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Image 101420 Rtr166 Serena Zabin Boston Massacre Family History Cover

The Boston Massacre

Posted: March 11, 2020
Read an excerpt of Serena Zabin's The Boston Massacre: A Family History.
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The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson Book Cover

The British Are Coming

Posted: December 22, 2021
Read an excerpt from Rick Atkinson's book, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777.
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The Burning Of His Majesty's Schooner Gaspee Book Cover

The Burning of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee

Posted: October 25, 2017
This excerpt from Steven Park tells how a group of colonial protestors captured and burned a British naval schooner a year before the Boston Tea Party.
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The Common Cause Book Cover

The Common Cause

Posted: December 27, 2017
This excerpt from Robert Parkinson explores the creation of a common cause to rally colonists from South Carolina to Massachusetts against a common enemy.
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The Compleat Victory Saratoga and the American Revolution by Kevin Weddle book cover.

The Compleat Victory

Posted: September 14, 2022
Read an excerpt from Kevin J. Weddle's The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution.
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The Counter-Revolution of 1776 Book Cover

The Counter-Revolution of 1776

Posted: February 27, 2019
This excerpt from Gerald Horne demonstrates how the Revolution reinvigorated the slave trade and subsequently bore a counter-revolution of slavery.
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The Dawn of Detroit by Tiya Miles

The Dawn of Detroit

Posted: February 10, 2021
Read an excerpt from Tiya Miles' recent book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits.
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The Day the American Revolution Began Book Cover

The Day the American Revolution Began

Posted: April 12, 2017
In this excerpt from military historian William H. Hallahan he recounts April 19, 1775, the Day the American Revolution Began.
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The Declaration of Independence Book Cover

The Declaration of Independence

Posted: June 22, 2016
This excerpt by David Armitage examines how the Declaration of Independence became a political and philosophical model for nations across the globe.
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