Read the Revolution

October 22, 2013

An Unexpected Gift

In Jodi Daynard’s novel The Midwife’s Revolt, main character Lizzie Boylston inhabits a richly-imagined world of women enduring the tumultuous years of the American Revolution. The book opens with Lizzie confronting the harsh reality of sudden widowhood after the death of her husband in the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. By that December, Lizzie is feeling despondent about her self-described “loveless, lonely, barren state.” In this excerpt, she receives a Christmas Day visit from her friend and neighbor Abigail Adams--herself no stranger to the sacrifices of war.

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October 8, 2013

A Confession

More than 200 years after Benedict Arnold's death, his name is still synonymous with treason. However, the details of his path from patriot to conspirator are less familiar. On October 7, 1780, Arnold made a public declaration explaining his reasons for this change in loyalty. The text is included in The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence, a compendium of letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, and public documents from the era.

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September 24, 2013

The Other Side

What did the American Revolution look like from the other side? In The Men Who Lost America, Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy surveys the strengths, failings, and quirks of ten British leaders whose actions shaped the outcome of the war. In today’s excerpt we focus on one of the lesser-known figures profiled in the book, British Admiral Sir George Rodney.

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