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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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July 16, 2013

Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier

Joseph Plumb Martin wrote one of the best-known Revolutionary War memoirs, depicting the life of an ordinary grunt caught up in the events of his time. In this selection, Martin describes his thoughts as he enlists and leaves the safety of home for his first deployment in 1776.

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July 2, 2013

Fear on the First 4th of July

Dr. Richard Beeman reminds us that the original Independence Day was not viewed so much as a new beginning but as a prelude to full-scale war.

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