Whether you’re looking to read up on this topic before joining the conversation, or want some further reading afterward, here’s our recommended reading.
Sources from Colonial Williamsburg's Trend & Tradition Magazine
- An Alternative View of 1774: Not Everyone Was Ready for Revolution, By Mary Beth Norton. Published in Spring 2020.
- Season of Independence, an online exhibit and interactive from the Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia) encourages users to “explore the spread of support for American independence from January to July of 1776 and encounter the perspectives of real men and women on all sides of the debate.”
- Many Voices, One Nation, from the Museum of American History. “The people of North America came from many cultures and spoke different languages long before the founding of the United States, even before European contact. In creating the new nation, early leaders envisioned a country that promised opportunity and freedom—but only for some. As the population grew, the people who lived in the United States found ways to negotiate, or work out, what it meant to be American. That negotiation continues. This exhibition explores how the many voices of people in America have shaped our nation.”
- How Ben Franklin's Viral Political Cartoon United the 13 Colonies. By Patrick J. Kiger. History Channel.
Colonial Williamsburg's Education Resource Library provides numerous resources that explore relevant themes such as citizenship, civics, and government using video, lessons, and interactive web activities. Please note that account registration is free but required.
ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP:
- 1776. By David G. McCullough. New York: Simon & Schuster c2005.
- American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. By Colin Woodard. New York: Viking, 2011.
- The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America. By Colin G. Calloway. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence. T. H. Breen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Passion is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution. By Nicole Eustace. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.
- Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution. By Michael D. Hattem. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020.
- Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia. By Woody Holton. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
- American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. By Pauline Maier. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
- An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. By Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
- The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution. By Robert G. Parkinson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2016.
- American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750–1804. By Alan Taylor. New York: W. W. Norton, 2016.