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Role of Cities Reading List

Reading List: The Role of Cities in the American Revolution

Check out nine suggested readings from our collection of Read the Revolution book excerpts addressing the role of cities in the American Revolution.
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This image depicts A Crisis of Peace by David Head book cover. It is a colored portrait of General Washington.

A Crisis of Peace

Read an excerpt from David Head's book, A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution.
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Meet the Props Designer Behind Broadway’s Hamilton Musical at Halloween-Themed History After Hours Event, Oct. 23

From creating hand-drawn war maps and hand-carved colonial candlesticks to producing a live flame onstage as Eliza Hamilton burns her husband’s letters, Props Master Jay Duckworth is the man behind the magic of Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical.
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A Museum staff member views a painting in the Liberty exhibit

Art and Our Understanding of the Revolution

January 13, 2022 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Educators participating in this free workshop will learn about how imagery influences the way we think about the Revolution and how you can teach your own students to analyze artwork as part of their own investigations of the Revolutionary era.
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Two male adolescents, sporting military clothes provided in Revolution Place, pose for a picture one of their parental guardians is taking on their iPhone. They have their arms around each other’s shoulders.

A Revolutionary Halloweekend at the Museum

October 30 - November 1, 2020
A Revolutionary Halloweekend at the Museum is included with regular Museum admission.
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A Hessian Diary of the American Revolution

This excerpt includes a journal entry of a young Hessian soldier during the month of July 1781, the summer before the surrender at Yorktown.
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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 shows the book cover of A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence Babits. It is a painting of the battle with Redcoats and the Continental Army.

Battle of Cowpens

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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This image depicts the book cover of American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maier. The cover is white. The American Scripture text and the author’s name are written in red. The Making the Declaration text is written in blue. And the top lines of the Declaration are written in a faded font with July 4, 1776, and United States of America being clearly visible.

American Scripture

Read an excerpt of Pauline Maier where she provides a glimpse into the creation of a radical rethinking that led to America's experiment in democracy.
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I Survived the American Revolution

Read an excerpt from Lauren Tarshis's children's book of a young boy's courage as he and the Continental Army prepare for the Battle of Brooklyn.
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