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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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Museum of the American Revolution Official Guidebook

Posted: December 18, 2019
Read two excerpts from the Museum of the American Revolution's Official Guidebook published in 2019.
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 Rtr Hardcover Never Caught The Story Of Ona Judge George And Martha Washington S Courageous Slave Who Dared To Run Away Young Readers Edition

Never Caught

Posted: January 23, 2019
Read an excerpt from Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve's young reader adaptation of the story of runaway slave Ona Judge.
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Never Caught

Posted: August 22, 2018
This excerpt from Erica Armstrong Dunbar examines the growth of anti-slavery sentiment in Philadelphia during the 1780s and 1790s.
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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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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

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 Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality book cover

Our Declaration

Posted: January 26, 2022
Read an excerpt from Danielle Allen's book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.
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Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor

Posted: July 02, 2013
Read this excerpt where Richard Beeman reminds us the original Independence Day was not viewed so much as a new beginning but as a prelude to full-scale war.
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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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