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Summer Reading List: 2020 Young Readers Edition

View our list of 2020 Summer Reading Books about the American Revolutionary War to share stories of history with children of all ages!
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This image depicts the book cover of Belonging to The Army: Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution by Holly Mayer. The top and bottom of the book is blue. The title of the book is written in yellow and white font at the top. Holly’s name is writing in white at the bottom. The middle of the book cover is a black and white drawing of soldiers at a camp. One is seated, there are two standing up and talking, and one is working on building a structure in the background.

Belonging to the Army

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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This image shows the book cover of Rush: Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried. The word “Rush” is written at the top of the cover. There is a portrait Of Benjamin Rush from the chest up and there is writing written over the book cover.

Rush

Read an excerpt from Stephen Fried's biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence and surgeon-general in the Continental Army.
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This image shows the book cover of Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution by Nathan Perl-Rosenthal. It is an illustration of a ship at sea. There is a British flag on the stern of the ship and an American flag on the bow.

Citizen Sailors

This excerpt from Nathan Perl-Rosenthal that examines evolving concepts of identity, nationality, and citizenship in the decades leading to the War of 1812.
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This image depicts the book cover of Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick. The image is of a stormy sky with a bolt of lightning. There is a body of water separating two bodies of land.

Valiant Ambition

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 depicts the book cover of Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence by Alan Gilbert. The main title of the book is written on the left side of the book cover while the secondary title is written in a box on the top right of the cover. The portrait shows a Black patriot firing his rifle. He is surrounded by Redcoats. One redcoat is holding another who has been shot. There are gun shot wounds on his chest and his body is limp.

Black Patriots and Loyalists

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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The Dawn of Detroit by Tiya Miles

The Dawn of Detroit

Read an excerpt from Tiya Miles' recent book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits.
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This image depicts the book cover of Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia’s Black Community 1720-1840 by Gary Nash. It is a white cover with a sepia toned image of a Revolutionary era building with a door and windows on either side and three windows on the second floor. The top of the building is triangular. There are people walking down the street in front of the building.

Forging Freedom

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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This image depicts the book cover of Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and their Global Quest for Liberty. The bottom of the book covers is a map of the world in red. The top of the book cover is an image of a man’s right eye and his nose. Behind his face is the extension of the map from the bottom.

Epic Journeys of Freedom

Read this excerpt from Cassandra Pybus that personalizes the wartime stories of black men and women who fled their American masters to seek freedom.
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Braddock's Defeat by David Preston

Braddock's Defeat

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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