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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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Rebels Rising

Posted: February 24, 2015
This excerpt from Benjamin Carp explains the role of colonial meeting spaces as opinions of everyday people gained increasing political influence.
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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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Remembering the Tea Party

Posted: December 09, 2014
Read an excerpt from Alfred Young's essays about the contributions of ordinary people, specifically a shoemaker, to the American Revolution.
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Reporting the Revolutionary War

Posted: September 15, 2015
This excerpt tells how a British decision to confiscate gunpowder from Williamsburg's magazine provoked outrage and action by the city's patriots.
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Revolution Against Empire

Posted: November 08, 2017
Read this excerpt from Justin du Rivage that introduces the competing ideological groups who shaped and reshaped the debates during the American Revolution
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Revolution Song

Posted: March 28, 2018
This excerpt from Russell Shorto weaves together the life stories of six historical figures against the backdrop of the American Revolution.
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Revolutionary

Posted: February 28, 2018
Read an excerpt from Alex Myers's historical fiction novel on Deborah Sampson, a woman who joined the Continental Army at the age of 21 disguised as a man.
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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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Revolutionary Characters

Posted: November 05, 2013
Read an excerpt from Gordon Wood where he explains the origins of Thomas Paine's radical thinking through Paine's pamphlet Common Sense.
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Revolutionary Conceptions

Posted: March 08, 2017
This excerpt from Susan Klepp discusses how the terms "virtue" and "prudence" came to be associated with women during the American Revolution.
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