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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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Book cover for Vicious and Immoral featuring the title in a script font at the top, a depiction of Robert Newburgh wearing a purple waistcoat, purple pants, and a tri-corner hat, then the author's name at the bottom.

Vicious and Immoral

Posted: May 22, 2024
Read an excerpt from John Gilbert McCurdy's book, Vicious and Immoral: Homosexuality, the American Revolution, and the Trials of Robert Newburgh.
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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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Book cover for Brothers in Liberty features the book title in yellow on a red background in the middle of the cover with the subtitle right below in white.

Brothers in Liberty

Posted: February 28, 2024
Read an excerpt from Phillip Thomas Tucker's book, Brothers in Liberty: The Forgotten Story of the Free Black Haitians Who Fought for American Independence.
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The book cover of Death or Liberty by Douglas Egerton featuring John Singleton Copley's painting depicting Black Loyalist Boston King.

Death or Liberty

Posted: February 14, 2024
Read an excerpt from Douglas Egerton's book, Death or Liberty: African Americans in the Revolutionary War.
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Book cover for True For The Cause Of Liberty Gilbert with two men riding horses from left to right and dark green and brown coloring.

True for the Cause of Liberty

Posted: January 10, 2024
Read an excerpt from Oscar E. Gilbert and Catherine R. Gilbert's book, True for the Cause of Liberty: The Second Spartan Regiment in the American Revolution.
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Book cover for David Hackett Fischer's award-winning book Washington's Crossing.

Washington's Crossing

Posted: December 27, 2023
Read an excerpt from David Hackett Fischer's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Washington's Crossing.
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Book cover for Freedom's Prophet by Richard Newman featuring a large scale portrait of Bishop Richard Allen.

Freedom's Prophet

Posted: November 22, 2023
Read an excerpt from Richard S. Newman's book, Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers.
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Book cover for Tim McGrath's book Give Me a Fast Ship featuring the title in black text over a goldish brown background with stars and a painting of naval ships.

Give Me a Fast Ship

Posted: November 08, 2023
Read an excerpt from Tim McGrath's book, Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea.
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Cover for Norman Donoghue's book Prisoner's of Congress which features a blue illustration of the top of Independence Hall atop the book title in blue over a beige background.

Prisoners of Congress

Posted: October 25, 2023
Read an excerpt from Norman E. Donoghue II's book, Prisoners of Congress: Philadelphia’s Quakers in Exile, 1777-1778.
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Image 100223 Rtr251 Overflowing Of Friendship Godbeer Cover

The Overflowing of Friendship

Posted: October 11, 2023
Read an excerpt from Richard Godbeer's book, The Overflowing of Friendship: Love Between Men and the Creation of the American Republic.
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