Life, Liberty, and the Freedom to Read at Your Library

american revolutionAs the Fourth of July holiday approaches, why not take a minute away from the cookouts and fireworks and reconnect with our country’s history?  There are an abundance of books about the revolutionary era – including 1776 by David McCullough and Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis.

Dine with Thomas Jefferson while reading Dinner at Mr. Jefferson’s: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and The Evening that Changed America by Charles Cerami, or learn more about the statesman in Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.

Cross the Delaware with George Washington in Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer, or join his spy network in George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade.

Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution  details the British blockade as war erupts in Boston.

Abigail Adams would want us to “Remember the Ladies” with two titles by Cokie Roberts –Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation and Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation.

Bring history alive and make a day trip to Bunker Hill, Minuteman National Historic Park, or Adams National Historic Park part of your holiday festivities.

If you are wondering if our Founding Fathers 18th century values should apply today, then try The Jefferson Rule: How Our Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible by David Sehat.

Lastly, let’s let freedom ring, and celebrate our Freedom to Read. Happy Fourth of July!

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