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March 25, 2014

Forgotten Allies

During the fight for American Independence, the native nations of eastern North America found themselves caught between "two brothers of one blood"—the British and the Patriots. Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin's book, Forgotten Allies, recounts how Oneida tribal members found themselves facing increasing pressure to choose sides as the Anglo-American conflict intensified.

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March 11, 2014

The Common Cause of America

After the Boston Tea Party, the city’s inhabitants held their collective breath as they awaited reaction from the mother country. Parliament’s retaliation—closing the city’s port—was a devastating blow. Yet Boston soon learned that fellow patriots both near and far made a spontaneous choice to stand with them, in support of “the common cause of America.” In T. H. Breen’s book The Marketplace of Revolution, he offers a look at how one city’s rebellion became an entire people’s war.

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February 25, 2014

Taking Charge

When the Continental Army was formed in 1775, George Washington wasn’t the only person being considered to be its leader. In this excerpt from Stephen Brumwell’s book, George Washington: Gentleman Warrior, we learn how Washington secured this history-making post: a combination of the esteem he earned from many in power and his own savvy self-positioning as the best man for the job.

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