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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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Grand Forage 1778 Book Cover

Grand Forage 1778

Posted: September 28, 2016
This excerpt from Todd Braisted details how the British Army gathered provisions and battled with American soldiers and civilians for supplies and loyalties
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Hessians

Hessians

Posted: August 25, 2015
This excerpt from Brady Crytzer provides a look at the American Revolutionary War from the perspective of German Hessian soldiers who fought for the British
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Hessians

Posted: May 11, 2022
Read an excerpt of Friederike Baer's new book, Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War.
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Historians on Hamilton

Posted: October 10, 2018
In her essay, Renee C. Romano looks at how Hamilton: An American Musical sparked surprising conversations and unexpected results
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This image depicts the book cover of Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family by Sara Georgini. The cover is a colored photograph inside a church facing the front with wooden pews to the left and right. At the top of the cover are six individual black and white portraits of the Adams family, starting with President John Adams on the left-hand side.

Household Gods

Posted: March 24, 2021
Read an excerpt from Sara Georgini's book, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family.
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If These Stones Could Talk by Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills

If These Stones Could Talk

Posted: February 24, 2021
Read an excerpt from Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills's recent book, If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey.
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Independence Lost

Posted: April 27, 2016
This excerpt from Kathleen DuVal sets the stage for the American Revolution on the Gulf Coast and tells stories that give international perspectives
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Insignia of Independence

Posted: June 27, 2018
This excerpt from artist Don Troiani and author James L. Kochan looks at the armies of the American Revolution and further divides each by regiment to take a closer look.
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Invisible Ink

Posted: May 23, 2018
This excerpt from John Nagy shows the spycraft of a Philadelphia family during British occupation and their assistance in helping Washington prepare battle
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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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