Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Read the Revolution

By Megan Piette

The Museum of the American Revolution is offering an exciting new twist on digital history. Through a free bi-weekly email, Read the Revolution sends its subscribers excerpts from highlighted books on the American Revolution. Featuring a variety of genres and levels of reading, Read the Revolution pulls thought-provoking sections from books such as George Washington's Secret Six, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, and Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier, and discusses a range of topics from "The American Mind" to "A War of Personal Liberation" and "Taking Charge". Here is a taste of the latest excerpt from Glatthaar and Martin's Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution:

"Full-scale rebellion pulled the Oneidas in various directions. Most felt at least a pragmatic attachment to the position of the [British] superintendent, who distributed goods to them, advised them, and communicated for them with the powerful king of England. As a counterweight of major proportions, [missionary Samuel] Kirkland had won the hearts of many Oneidas during his nine years among them. Everyone knew he favored the patriotic cause."