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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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Washington: A Life

Posted: December 23, 2014
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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West of the Revolution

Posted: January 20, 2016
Read this excerpt from Claudio Saunt to learn about an ambitious, yet illegal under British law, land scheme to settle a fourteenth colony on the West Coast.
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When Women Lost the Vote: Young Readers Edition

Posted: October 14, 2020
View a reading list of books for young readers inspired by our special exhibition, When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807.
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Whirlwind

Posted: August 11, 2015
This excerpt from John Ferling shows the trials and tribulations women faced during the long conflict of the American Revolutionary War.
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Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

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With Zeal and With Bayonets Only

Posted: September 11, 2019
Read an excerpt from Matthew H. Spring’s With Zeal and With Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783.
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Women in Battle

Posted: January 28, 2014
Read this excerpt from Cokie Roberts that offers a comprehensive look at the many roles women played in American Revolutionary War.
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Women of the Republic

Posted: August 17, 2016
This excerpt from Linda Kerber explains the concept of "Republic Motherhood" during the Revolution and explores its lasting legacy on the American Republic
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Women's Work

Posted: August 13, 2013
This excerpt from Mary Beth Norton tells the stories and struggles of the women who assumed enormous burdens as men left to fight the Revolutionary War
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