Read the Revolution

Read the Revolution is a biweekly email featuring excerpts from exciting, thought-provoking books about the American Revolution. It features a diverse range of genres, including history, memoir, biography, children's books, and even on occasion historical fiction. 

April 8, 2014

A Sincere Passion for Liberty

In April 1775 news of the Battles of Lexington and Concord spread across the colonies, reaching Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, a confederation of local militias Allen commanded. Their subsequent capture of Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point became the stuff of legend, as did the life of its enigmatic leader. In William Sterne Randall’s biography, Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, the author sheds new light on this lesser-known hero, beginning with the launch of his critical mission.

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March 25, 2014

Forgotten Allies

During the fight for American Independence, the native nations of eastern North America found themselves caught between "two brothers of one blood"--the British and the Patriots. Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin's book, Forgotten Allies, recounts how Oneida tribal members found themselves facing increasing pressure to choose sides as the Anglo-American conflict intensified.

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March 11, 2014

The Common Cause of America

After the Boston Tea Party, the city’s inhabitants held their collective breath as they awaited reaction from the mother country. Parliament’s retaliation—closing the city’s port—was a devastating blow. Yet Boston soon learned that fellow patriots both near and far made a spontaneous choice to stand with them, in support of “the common cause of America.” In T. H. Breen’s book The Marketplace of Revolution, he offers a look at how one city’s rebellion became an entire people’s war.

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