For Life and Liberty: 5 Revolutionary Books to Celebrate the Fourth of July

By Nicky M. | Arcadia Staff
Happy Fourth of July! This year, the United States will celebrate its 243rd birthday, and commemorate the day the American colonists declared independence from the British Empire. In celebration of the holiday, we’ve chosen some of our favorite Revolutionary War books. Join us as we honor those who fought for the beginning of American independence!

Concord and the Dawn of Revolution: The Hidden Truths1) Concord and the Dawn of Revolution: The Hidden Truths                                                           

Any red-blooded American knows that the first action of the Revolutionary War took place at Concord, Massachusetts, with the "shot heard ‘round the world." While the war’s beginning in Concord may be common knowledge, the passage of time has led to many myths and tall tales about what really happened at Concord. In Concord and the Dawn of Revolution: The Hidden Truths, these myths are finally debunked by historian D. Michael Ryan, who provides a picture of life in Concord during the Revolution, and how the Patriots truly began the war for independence.






 

Connecticut Families of the Revolution: American Forebears from Burr to Wolcott2) Connecticut Families of the Revolution: American Forebears from Burr to Wolcott

Some of the most prominent families of the American Revolution proudly hailed from Connecticut. The home of such figures like Major General David Wooster and Declaration signer Samuel Huntington, Connecticut was well-known as a home to American Patriots. In Connecticut Families of the Revolution: American Forebears from Burr to Wolcott, the many patriotic families of Connecticut are explored, and the stories of how they contributed to American independence are told.







 

Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh: Home to a Revolution3) Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh: Home to a Revolution                                       

The life of General George Washington is one shrouded by mystery and tall tales. Today, we know that Widow Hasbrouck opened her home to Washington in 1782, but the Hasbrouck family history itself has been distorted over the years by myths and legends. Just what was life like at the Hasbrouck home during Washington’s stay? Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh: Home to a Revolution attempts to answer this question, finally telling the true story of the Hasbrouck family, and their relationship with a Founding Father.






 

Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island4) Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island

Espionage played a vital role during the American Revolution in Rhode Island. Spying was common on both sides during the Revolution, and many men and women bravely risked their lives to obtain information about the British campaign. In Rhode Island, naval captains and ordinary citizens alike worked as spies, gathering intelligence for their respective causes. In Spies of Revolution Rhode Island, author Christian M. McBurney explores these tales of espionage and cover operations throughout the Ocean State.










 

Nathanael Greene in South Carolina: Hero of the American Revolution5) Nathanael Greene in South Carolina: Hero of the American Revolution

In December 1780, former Quaker turned general Nathanael Greene took command of the entire Southern Department. Although the Revolutionary War was nearing its end, the British army still maintained control of many major Southern cities, including Charleston, South Carolina. As general, Nathanael Greene led his men into many crucial skirmishes to free Southern port cities, but his campaigns are largely forgotten to. Nathanael Greene in South Carolina: Hero of the American Revolution reclaims this lost history, telling the story of one of the American Revolution’s greatest overlooked generals.




 
This Fourth of July, we’re celebrating American liberty and freedom with an extra 20% off all online orders, good through Tuesday, July 9. Happy Independence Day!