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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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A Revolution In Color Book Cover

A Revolution in Color

Posted: September 27, 2017
This excerpt from Jane Kamensky provides an introduction into the world of artist John Singleton Copley and of the American Revolution as seen by him.
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The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn Book Cover

The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn

Posted: September 13, 2017
This excerpt from Robert Watson weaves together details of the horrifying conditions experienced aboard the HMS Jersey during the American Revolutionary.
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The Queen's American Rangers Book Cover

The Queen's American Rangers

Posted: August 09, 2017
This excerpt from Donald Gara details efforts to remake the Queen's Rangers in 1777 during the early months of the British occupation of Philadelphia.
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Scars of Independence Book Cover

Scars of Independence

Posted: July 26, 2017
This excerpt from author Holger Hoock examines the moral dilemmas posed by the all-pervasive violence of the American Revolutionary War.
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Fatal Sunday Book Cover

Fatal Sunday

Posted: June 28, 2017
Read this excerpt that offers a glimpse into the aftermath of Battle of Monmouth, detailing the gruesome task left to victors of burying the dead.
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American Revolutions Book Cover

American Revolutions

Posted: June 14, 2017
This excerpt from Alan Taylor strips away the rosy veneer associated with the American Revolution to reveal a violent civil war and a fragile new nation.
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Betsy Ross Book Cover

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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American Crisis Book Cover

American Crisis

Posted: May 10, 2017
Read an excerpt from William Fowler Jr.'s book, American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years after Yorktown, 1781-1783.
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Sealed with Blood Book Cover

Sealed with Blood

Posted: April 26, 2017
This excerpt from Sarah Purcell argues shared experiences of the Revolutionary War offered Americans an opportunity to create a sense of national identity
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The Day the American Revolution Began Book Cover

The Day the American Revolution Began

Posted: April 12, 2017
In this excerpt from military historian William H. Hallahan he recounts April 19, 1775, the Day the American Revolution Began.
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