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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: Exploring the human endeavor.

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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.

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Occupied America by Donald Johnson

Occupied America

Posted: December 23, 2020
Read an excerpt from Donald F. Johnson's book, Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution.
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 Rtr Of Arms Book

Of Arms and Artists

Posted: April 25, 2018
This excerpt from Paul Staiti discusses artist and Revolutionary War veteran John Trumbull’s effort to create the paintings for the US Capitol Building.
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Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality book cover

Our Declaration

Posted: October 27, 2015
This excerpt from Danielle Allen examines the Declaration of Independence, the document’s relevance today, and the relationship between freedom and equality
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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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Passion is the Gale

Posted: February 14, 2018
This excerpt from Nicole Eustace examines the language of emotions in social and political relationships through letters, diaries, books, and pamphlets
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Patriot Pirates

Posted: May 25, 2016
This excerpt from Robert Patton presents the story of America's seaborne insurgency against British merchant ships and Navy.
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Paul Revere's Ride

Posted: April 07, 2015
This excerpt from David Hackett Fischer delves into Paul Revere's history as well as the tumultuous world he lived in, and highlights that fateful day.
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Philadelphia: A 300-Year History book cover

Philadelphia

Posted: May 12, 2015
This excerpt from a multitude of authors shows how the events of 1776 led an uneasy population to shore up their defenses and eventually flee.
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The American Revolution Book Cover

Radical Ideology

Posted: August 26, 2014
This excerpt from Gordon Wood shows how the ideals of 'republicanism' influenced the governments being formed at the start of the Revolutionary War.
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Reading List Cities Book Cover

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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