Read the Revolution

August 27, 2013

The American Mind

The history community lost an esteemed member when Pauline Maier, a scholar of the American Revolution, passed away on August 12, 2013. We present, in her honor, an excerpt from her award-winning book American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. Here she provides a glimpse into "the American mind" and how it elevated what could have been a mere rebellion into a radical rethinking of government and citizenship that would lead to America's great experiment in democracy.

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August 13, 2013

Women's Work

During the war, many women assumed enormous burdens as men left for military service. Some took to the field themselves, following the army as nurses, sutlers, cooks, and even (in a few documented cases) soldiers. Others worked as fundraisers for the cause. Among them was Esther Reed, the wife of Pennsylvania governor Joseph Reed, who rallied her fellow ladies of Philadelphia in an extraordinary capital campaign to support the troops. Mary Beth Norton shares their story in her book Liberty's Daughters.

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July 30, 2013

Silent Retreat

The first major battle of the American Revolution following the Declaration of the Independence—the Battle of Long Island—erupted on August 27, 1776. The Continental forces faced near certain defeat until Washington decided to coordinate a risky retreat of his remaining troops, as Joseph Ellis explains in his book Revolutionary Summer.

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