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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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Four quadrant graphic featuring the book covers for My Name is James Madison Hemings, How Benjamin Franklin Became a Revolutionary in Seven (Not-So-Easy) Steps, Colonization and the Wampanoag Story, and Spy Ring.

Summer Reading List: 2024 Young Readers Edition

Posted: June 12, 2024
See our 2024 summer reading list of Revolutionary books that will encourage young readers to explore the past and the people who shaped it.
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Image 101420 Rtr164 Vincent Brown Tackys Revolt Cover

Tacky's Revolt

Posted: February 12, 2020
Read an excerpt from Vincent Brown's book, Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War
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Thomas Paine : Collected Writings : Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters book cover

The American Crisis

Posted: December 23, 2015
Read an excerpt from Thomas Paine's collected writings, including the first in his pamphlet series published on December 19, 1776.
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Book cover for The American Manufactory with a painting of a more than a dozen people operating a water wheel.

The American Manufactory

Posted: May 08, 2024
Read an excerpt from Laura Rigal's book, The American Manufactory: Art, Labor, and the World of Things in the Early Republic.
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The American Plate Book Cover

The American Plate

Posted: March 10, 2015
Read this excerpt from Libby O'Connell's The American Plate about the role patriotism played in leading us towards our now ubiquitous coffee culture.
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The American Revolution Writings From The War book cover

The American Revolution

Posted: October 08, 2013
Read this excerpt of a letter by Benedict Arnold 'to the Inhabitants of America' that reveals the ideological shift he experienced over the course of war.
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The American Revolution Book Cover

The American Revolution

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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The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook book cover

The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook

Posted: October 21, 2014
This excerpt from Frances H. Kennedy describes more than 100 landmarks from the American Revolution in the chronology of their importance to the war.
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The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774–1776 book cover

The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony

Posted: January 14, 2014
This excerpt from Mark Anderson reveals the beginnings of the Quebec Campaign when colonists were trying to bring Canada into the Continental confederation
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Book cover for The Blind African Slave, Jeffrey Brace's Memoir, originally published in 1810 and Edited By Kari Winter

The Blind African Slave (originally 1810)

Posted: February 09, 2022
Read an excerpt from Kari Winter's 2004 edited edition of The Blind African Slave: Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nicknamed Jeffrey Brace by Jeffrey Brace as told to Benjamin F. Prentiss, Esq. (1810).
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