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 22, 2014

Following the Drum

The image of Revolutionary War soldiers suffering in winter encampments remains strong in our national consciousness. Largely forgotten in these accounts and images are "camp followers"--the civilians who accompanied General Washington's army and shared in its struggles. In Nancy K. Loane's book, Following the Drum, she focuses on female camp followers during the American Revolution: among them nurses, cooks, laundresses, and even ladies of privilege, like Lucy Knox.

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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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