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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 Road to Guilford Courthouse

Posted: March 02, 2016
This excerpt from John Buchanan examines not only the battlefield strategy made in the Carolinas, but also the military careers of the major characters
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The Secret Six

Posted: December 31, 2014
This excerpt from authors Kilmeade and Yaeger shows George Washington's use of intelligence and counterintelligence, including Culper Spy Ring
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The Unruly City

Posted: May 22, 2019
This excerpt from Mike Rapport shows London’s response to the American Revolution - Londoners sought political reforms but not a British revolution.
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The Valley Forge Winter

Posted: December 21, 2016
This excerpt from Wayne Bodle presents the story of the winter of 1777-1778 during the American Revolution with details that may be new to most readers.
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The West Point History of the American Revolution

Posted: December 12, 2018
This excerpt from a team of historians details 1778 when the British went to the South to rally Loyalists and disrupt the economy of the Revolutionaries.
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The Will of the People

Posted: November 13, 2019
Read an excerpt from T.H. Breen's book, The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America.
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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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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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Valiant Ambition

Posted: August 03, 2016
This excerpt from Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the rise of George Washington and the fall of Benedict Arnold during the American Revolution
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Washington's Immortals

Posted: August 23, 2016
This excerpt from Patrick O'Donnell tells the story of the First Maryland Regiment and its presence at many of the major battles of the American Revolution
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