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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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Financial Founding Fathers

Posted: November 19, 2013
This excerpt by authors Wright and Cowen reveals how Robert Morris brought order to the early American economy and created the first national bank.
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Financier of the Revolution

Posted: October 12, 2016
Read an excerpt from Charles Rappleye about the rise and fall of Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris.
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Finding Charity's Folk

Posted: January 27, 2021
Read two excerpts from Jessica Millward's book, Finding Charity's Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland.
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First Ladies of the Republic

Posted: March 25, 2020
Read an excerpt of Abrams' First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role.
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Following the Drum

Posted: April 22, 2014
This excerpt from Nancy Loane focuses on female camp followers during the American Revolution: nurses, cooks, laundresses, and even ladies of privilege.
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Forged in Philadelphia

Posted: November 18, 2015
Read an excerpt from Rebecca Eckfeldt Gibby's children's book where she uncovers the history of her Revolutionary-era ancestor from Philadelphia.
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Forging Freedom

Posted: February 17, 2016
Read this excerpt from Gary Nash that details generations of free blacks as they pursued a secure and dignified existence based on self-employment.
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Forgotten Allies

Posted: March 25, 2014
This excerpt recounts how Oneida tribal members found themselves facing increasing pressure to choose sides as the Anglo-American conflict intensified.
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Founding Friendships

Posted: June 09, 2015
This excerpt from Cassandra Good shows how women gained political access, influence, and information through their male friends in political office.
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Founding Gardeners

Posted: May 11, 2016
This excerpt from Andrea Wulf introduces the founding fathers as promoters of an agrarian nation, sharing new farming methods and exotic plants.
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