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August 13, 2013

Women's Work

During the war, many women assumed enormous burdens as men left for military service. Some took to the field themselves, following the army as nurses, sutlers, cooks, and even (in a few documented cases) soldiers. Others worked as fundraisers for the cause. Among them was Esther Reed, the wife of Pennsylvania governor Joseph Reed, who rallied her fellow ladies of Philadelphia in an extraordinary capital campaign to support the troops. Mary Beth Norton shares their story in her book Liberty's Daughters.

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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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