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. 

October 21, 2014

The New Jersey Campaign

Innumerable places in the United States bore witness to the events of the American Revolution—from battle sites and encampments to taverns and universities. In The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook, Frances H. Kennedy ambitiously describes more than 100 of these landmarks in the chronology of their importance to the war. In today's excerpt we learn about six places where the New Jersey campaign of 1776-1777 was bravely fought.

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October 7, 2014


On September 19, 1777, and October 7, 1777, two important battles were fought by British and American forces near Saratoga, New York. Ultimately, the Americans claimed victory. In this excerpt from Richard M. Ketchum's Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War we see stunned and battered British troops begin the long march to finalize their surrender.

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September 23, 2014

The First American

In 1775, Benjamin Franklin returned from a long trip to England furious at America's treatment by the British government and resigned to the unlikelihood of reconciliation between the two. In this excerpt from H. W. Brands' The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin we see the founding father presenting the first draft for the Articles of Confederation to the Continental Congress.

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