Read the Revolution

December 31, 2013

The Secret Six

General Washington's military strategy was carried out not only on battlefields, but in the realm of intelligence and counterintelligence. At the heart of these operations was a six-person group called the Culper Spy Ring, whose history has recently been documented in Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger's book George Washington's Secret Six. From a tavern keep to a young longshoreman, these ordinary people carried out extraordinary--and extremely dangerous--work.

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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In January of 2013, Todd Andrlik launched the Journal of the American Revolution as an online magazine featuring historical content he describes as "a business casual approach to scholarship."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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