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Hidden Histories of the American Revolution: Home

A virtual book display featuring our current holdings for exploring the founding of our nation

Independence Day


In celebration of Independence Day 2022, we’ve created a virtual book display spotlighting new additions to Ekstrom Library that focus on the period of the revolutionary war. Additionally, this serves as a research guide for uncovering hidden histories of the contributions made by African Americans, Native Americans, and Women.

Note that some of the primary source materials contain content that is considered offensive today. These materials are a reflection of the cultural attitudes of the period and in no way reflect the values of the creator of this guide or the University of Louisville.

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History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special

Further Research

Check out our subject guide for history to explore more significant periods in American History.

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Image Credits

Patriotic Banners created by Melissa Rothman with Adobe Illustrator (2022)

Washington Crossing the Delaware Washington Crossing the Delaware by Thomas Kelly, based on original by Emanuel Leutze

National Museum of American History


Dispatches: Podcast of the Journal of the American Revolution

Dispatches: Podcast of the Journal of the American Revolution

Features interviews highlighting the latest in scholarship, news, and opinions regarding the American Revolutionary Era.

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American Revolution

Historian Micheal Troy offers a Chronological History of the Revolutionary War era.

The War of Independence

The American Revolution
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The background of "Scenic America" is used for scenes of the American Revolution. The taking of an English readout on the hills of Weehawken by American Militia and volunteers, assisted by French troops. Across the bay is New York City. Strip 1 from a set of 32.

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