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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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An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America book cover

An Empire on the Edge

Posted: July 28, 2015
Read an excerpt from Nick Bunker as he describes the Rhode Island colonist attack on a British ship which widened divisions between colonists and the Crown.
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Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution Book Cover

Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution

Posted: April 24, 2019
Read this timeline by historical archaeologist Rebecca Yamin about the artifacts discovered during the excavation of Philadelphia's newest Museum.
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Band of Giants

Posted: July 29, 2014
This excerpt from Jack Kelly describes the circumstances surrounding Washington's important decision to march his troops to Virginia in the summer of 1781.
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Battle of Cowpens

Posted: January 20, 2015
This excerpt from Lawrence Babits transports us to 1781, when Americans finally achieved victory at the Battle of Cowpens after a series of southern losses.
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Battle of Paoli

Posted: October 23, 2019
Read an excerpt from Thomas J. McGuire's book, Battle of Paoli.
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Belonging to the Army

Posted: March 22, 2017
This excerpt by Holly Mayer introduces different types of camp followers and the services they provided to the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War
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Benjamin Franklin in London

Posted: July 20, 2016
Read an excerpt from George Goodwin that highlights Benjamin Franklin's role as a colonial representative, actively engaged in British politics.
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Betsy Ross

Posted: May 24, 2017
Read an excerpt from Marla Miller who breaks through the myths and weaves Betsy Ross's life story with that of the nation's.
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Black Patriots and Loyalists

Posted: February 08, 2016
This excerpt from Alan Gilbert details the creation of one of one of the most distinguished regiments comprised of both white and black soldiers.
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Braddock's Defeat

Posted: October 11, 2017
Read this excerpt by David Preston that summarizes the challenges of a pivotal battle and its impact on the Revolutionary War two decades later.
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