Read the Revolution

December 17, 2013

Turning Point

In January of 2013, Todd Andrlik launched the Journal of the American Revolution as an online magazine featuring historical content he describes as "a business casual approach to scholarship." The best of these offerings have been compiled and recently published as a hardcover book. For today's Read the Revolution excerpt, we selected a timely tale from the collection: an article by Thomas Fleming that reveals a turning point for General George Washington, when a string of losses set tongues wagging against him—and provoked Congress to near revolt.

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December 2, 2013

The Original Greatest Generation

In Maureen Taylor’s The Last Muster, she compiles a rich collection of early 19th-century images of Revolutionary War veterans nearing the end of their lives. The faces of these men were preserved by a post-war invention—photography—which was popularized in the mid-1800s. In the book the photographs are paired with short vignettes that reveal the extraordinary and everyday actions each person made during the American Revolution. Today we feature three of their stories.

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November 19, 2013

Economy Building

History is quick to remember the battlefield heroes of the American Revolution, yet other heroes toiled diligently behind the scenes to ensure the war's success. In Financial Founding Fathers, authors Robert E. Wright and David J. Cowen reveal America's precarious financial state during the war, and how men like Robert Morris and Haym Solomon not only stabilized the nascent nation but helped lay the foundation for the economic superpower it became. Morris, the first Superintendent of Finance, brought order to the chaos of the early American economy--and created the first national bank.

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