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. 

September 9, 2014

The Battle of Brandywine

On September 11, 1777, British troops led by General Sir William Howe defeated General George Washington's American army in a particularly gruesome fight known as the Battle of Brandywine. This excerpt from John Ferling's Almost a Miracle shares soldiers' awed reactions to the resulting carnage, which proved a definite setback to the Americans—but not the all-out destruction Howe had hoped.

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August 26, 2014

Radical Ideology

In the fight for independence from British rule, Americans were presented with an opportunity to establish a new political system for themselves apart from a traditional monarchy. Gordon Wood's The American Revolution: A History shows how the centuries-old ideals of 'republicanism' influenced the state governments being formed at the start of the conflict--particularly their emphasis on empowering citizens from the bottom up.

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August 12, 2014

The Perils of Peace

Thomas Fleming's book The Perils of Peace examines the two-year period between the Siege of Yorktown and the signing of the Treaty of Paris. In this excerpt, Fleming describes the political reaction in Britain immediately after Lord Cornwallis's surrender that--for the moment--resulted in a determination to continue fighting with a new strategy.

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