In Willard Sterne Randall's biography, Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, the author sheds new light on this lesser-known hero, beginning with the launch of a critical mission: seize cannons from two British strongholds and bring them to Boston to aid the Patriots' defense, which lead to the capture of Fort Ticonderoga.
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.
After the Boston Tea Party, the city’s inhabitants 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.
In 1781, a 14-year-old boy named James Forten resolved to fight for the Patriot cause. While many boys as young as James made a similar decision, Forten also happened to be African-American, born into a free black family in Philadelphia. This excerpt from Julie Winch's A Gentleman of Color reveals the wartime life of a boy who would grow up to become a prominent businessman and abolitionist—and a celebrated Patriot.
While countless stories recount the heroics of men who fought for American independence, far fewer chronicle the equally heroic actions of the women who served during the Revolutionary War. In Founding Mothers, Cokie Roberts offers a comprehensive look at the many roles women played in the war, including soldiers, spies, nurses, and cooks.
In The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony, author Mark R. Anderson explores the Quebec Campaign of 1775-1776. At this time, the American colonists were attempting to bring Canada into the Continental confederation, first through political appeals and eventually by force.
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.
The Journal of the American Revolution is an online magazine featuring historical content its founder describes as "a business casual approach to scholarship." The best of its offerings were recently compiled and published as a hardcover book. This excerpt, from an article by Thomas Fleming, reveals a turning point for General George Washington, when a string of losses set tongues wagging against him.
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. Today we feature three veterans from The Last Muster whose stories provide depth to our understanding of life during the Founding era.