13 Books to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Happy (almost) birthday America! In honor of the 13 original colonies, here are 13 books about Revolutionary War era America that are sure to get you in the Fourth of July spirit.

Non Fiction

 

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1776 by David McCullough 

This extensively researched and well-written book from famed historical writer David McCullough, covers the dramatic events that took place the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. 1776 offers a riveting glimpse into George Washington’s command and some of the most defining moments of the Revolutionary War.

 

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Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Move over founding fathers- this book is all about the founding mothers. Cokie Roberts expertly delves into the everyday lives of women such as Eliza Hamilton, Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson, and Theodosia Burr, as they helped lay the foundation for our new nation.

 

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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The book that inspired the Broadway phenomenon is an important reminder that immigrants really do get the job done. Through the captivating details of Hamilton’s life and contributions, Chernow paints a vivid picture of America’s birth and infancy.

 

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Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose 

The book that inspired the AMC series Turn, is a compelling and dramatic look at the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. Alexander Rose brings to life this little known history of early espionage under Washington’s command.

 

 

Young Adult 

 

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My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier

A classic story of a divided family during the Revolutionary War, in which a young boy must choose between the revolutionary beliefs of his older brother and his father’s loyalty to the British.

 

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Chains (Seeds of America #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Told through the eyes of a young slave whose fight for her own freedom becomes intertwined with the fight for American Independence.

 

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Time Enough For Drums by Ann Rinaldi

A romantic coming-of-age story from the acclaimed YA historical fiction author Ann Rinaldi. Set in Trenton, New Jersey-a hot spot of revolutionary activity- and featuring an intelligent and feisty heroine, Time Enough For Drums is an enjoyable and engaging read.

 

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The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope 

This mysterious dual-timeline tale features an historic estate, a lonely orphan, a young British scholar, and some Revolutionary era ghosts.

 

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Sophia’s War by Avi

A young woman becomes a spy for the American cause after witnessing the execution of famed patriot Nathan Hale. Acting as a maid in the house of the supreme commander of the British forces, she risks her safety to foil a plot against America.

Historical Fiction

 

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The Turncoat (Renegades of the Revolution) by Donna Thorland 

The first in the popular Renegades of the Revolution series, Thorland’s novel features a dangerous love affair between a bluestocking Quaker heroine who spies for the rebels, and a dashing British major who also happens to be a Viscount.

 

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Revolutionary by Alex Meyers 

Revolutionary indeed. Alex Meyers’ novel brings to life the incredible true story of Deborah Samson, the courageous woman who disguised herself as a male soldier in order to fight for America’s independence, as well as her own.

 

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The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins 

In chaotic revolutionary New York City, a widow who prints Tory propaganda at her late husband’s printing press becomes drawn into the world of the Sons of Liberty, and into the arms of one of its charming members.

 

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Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara 

Just as Jeff Shaara masterfully brought to life the civil war and the men who fought in it in Gods and Generals, so too does he expertly evoke the Revolutionary War in Rise to Rebellion.

 

Have you read any of these books about Revolutionary War era America?

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