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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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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. Each Read the Revolution Speaker Series program, hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, includes a special talk and audience Q&A.

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Turning Point

Posted: December 17, 2013
This excerpt from Todd Andrlik features an article by Thomas Fleming revealing a turning point for General George Washington during the American Revolution
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Valiant Ambition

Posted: August 03, 2016
This excerpt from Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the rise of George Washington and the fall of Benedict Arnold during the American Revolution
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This image shows the book cover of Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution by Terry Golway.

Washington's General

Posted: January 11, 2017
Read an excerpt from Terry Golway's biography of Nathanael Greene, who was appointed by Washington as commander of the Southern Army.
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Washington's Immortals

Posted: August 23, 2016
This excerpt from Patrick O'Donnell tells the story of the First Maryland Regiment and its presence at many of the major battles of the American Revolution
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Washington's Spies

Posted: March 16, 2016
This excerpt from Alexander Rose describes the establishment of the Culper Ring and the risks involved with eighteenth century espionage
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Washington: A Life

Posted: December 23, 2014
Read an excerpt from Ron Chernow's biography on George Washington, Washington: A Life.
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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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This image depicts the Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778-1781 book cover by John Ferling. Hi name is written on the bottom of the cover. The title of the book is written in black with an off yellow background. And the top of the cover shows a portrait of George Washington on horseback with soldiers surrounding him and smoke filling the air behind them. There are three red coated solders standing to the right of Washington.

Winning Independence

Posted: May 26, 2021
Read an excerpt of John Ferling's new book, Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778-1781.
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