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Boston: Birthplace of American Liberty

Program Number: 5717RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 8/30/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,338.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover one of America’s most historic cities by retracing the steps of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. Learn how American independence was born in Massachusetts. Led by expert instructors, explore the city’s historic sites such as Faneuil Hall and Bunker Hill, beacons of Boston’s revolutionary past.




Highlights

• Explore with experts the Boston Massacre site, the Granary Burying Ground, the Old South Meeting House, and the Old State House.
• Visit Paul Revere’s home, in Boston’s historic North End neighborhood, and climb the bell tower at the Old North Church.
• Relive the first days of the Revolution at Old North Bridge, along the path from Lexington to Concord.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 2.5 miles per day; some cobblestones and hills.



Public transportation and ferries used.




Date Specific Information

8-25-2013

Downtown hotel near Boston Common.



9-7-2014, 10-12-2014

Modest hotel in historic Charlestown Navy Yard with ferry to downtown Boston.



9-28-2014

Historic, full service downtown hotel located steps from Boston Common.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Boston

Home to many of America’s “firsts” — subway, park, public library — Boston is the oldest American metropolis with a dazzling array of historical lessons at every turn. From harbor to hillside, street to storefront, Boston offers history at its finest.



Accommodations
Accommodations vary by date and include a modest hotel in the Charlestown Navy Yard with ferry access to Boston, or a historic,full-service hotel downtown located steps from Boston Common. See date-specific information.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Charles Bahne

Charles Bahne is a Boston historian and author of "The Complete Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail." Charlie graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a major in Urban Studies and Planning, focusing on urban history and tourism. He then worked in some of the city’s historic sites and museums, and became a seasonal Park Ranger with Boston National Historical Park. He left the National Park Service in 1985 to publish his Freedom Trail book, which has now sold more than 400,000 copies. Since 1997, Charlie has also taught many Road Scholar programs about Boston and its role in the American Revolution.
 
Joan Gatturna

Joan Gatturna, actor, storyteller and creator of the Petticoat Adventures, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Simmons College in Boston, and studied vocal performance at the Longy School in Cambridge, MA. She is a former teacher, librarian and museum educator who combines her skills as a researcher and performer to create lively, unforgettable stories. She has been named as a Creative Teaching Partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is on the touring roster of the New England Foundation For the Arts.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
  Boston, MA 5 nights
 Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.
  Contact info: 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/
  Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened
  Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies based on availability For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies based on availability For pre and post night reservation call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Monday-Friday 10:30am-6pm EST) to book pre and/or post nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked 30 days prior to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Stop by the Road Scholar registration desk located on the 4th floor of the hotel between 3:00-4:45 PM to pick up your welcome materials and meet the group leader. You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers that night.
  End of Program:
Activities are programmed until 10:45 AM. You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet Parking: $26.00 for up to 8 hours and $46.00 per night. Valet is located at the Columbus Avenue Entrance of the Hotel. Self Parking - Motor Mart Garage: (201 Stuart Street) located directly across the street .$31 per 24-hours.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Boston, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Boston, MA
  Nearest highway: I-93; I-90.
  Nearest airport:  Boston, Logan International Airport.
  From End of Program
  Location: Boston, MA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Boston Logan Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

Logan International Airport (BOS) is located approximately 3 miles from the Park Plaza. You can reach the hotel via 3 options Airport Cab Service (meter rate) Boston 's Subway: The "T"- The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located on Arlington Stop (Green Line) and Back Bay Stop (Orange Line) Ultimate Shuttle (www.ultimateshuttle.com / 888-437-4379)

 

Back Bay Train Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

Boston's Back Bay Station is located 3 blocks from the hotel, The station is serviced by Amtrak, featuring Acela Express and Northeast Corridor regional trains, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) with access to Attleboro/Providence, Framingham/Worcester, Needham, and Franklin commuter rail lines, and Orange Line rapid transit. There is also a daily Amtrak train (Lake Shore Limited) to Chicago, and access to local bus service.

 

Subway- Blue Line

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

From the airport take the complimentary Massport shuttles bus # 66 (this bus picks up at all terminals) to the blue line airport stations. Take the blue line inbound to government center. At government center transfer to any outbound green line train. Exit at Arlington St. stop. At street level walk 1 block on Arlington St (make sure you are walking away from the park and walking with the follow of traffic on Arlington St.) and you will arrive at the hotel.

 

Subway- Silver Line

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

   

From all airport terminals get on the silver line MBTA bus. Take bus to last stop South Station. From south station you can take a taxi to the hotel (5 minute ride) For more information visit mbta.com. The hotel is located one block from the MBTA Subway Green Line Stop, Arlington Station

 
Driving Directions
  From Logan Airport to Park Plaza Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel/Boston. Take the ramp onto RT-1A S/William F McClellan Hwy. Merge north onto Interstate 93 and take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the North to Park Plaza Take Route I-93 South into Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the South to Park Plaza Follow I-93 North towards Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St., and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the West to Park Plaza Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte. 90 East) into the city. Exit at Copley Square (22) and follow straight onto Stuart St. Follow to the 5th set of lights and turn left for the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Afternoon Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3 PM. Once you have checked in and picked up your room key, stop in at the Road Scholar registration desk located on the 4th floor anytime between 3:00 and 4:45 to meet your Group Leader and collect your program materials.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner across the street from the hotel at Maggiano's
 Evening: Orientation following dinner
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction/Breed's Hill/ USS Constitution
(Monday, August 26)

Note: Today you will be using the subway which requires going up and down multiple flights of stairs. The afternoon will spent walking and standing at various sites. There will be walking up and down hills. A roundtrip ferry ride will be included as a mode of transportation. A government issued ID is required for boarding the USS Constitution. You will also be asked to walk through a metal detector.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 7-8:30 AM
 Morning: Meet your program instructor, Charlie Bahne, for his lecture, "Roots of the American Revolution." Afterwards, board a chartered bus for an overview tour of the city.
 Lunch: Lunch and Learn: Enjoy lunch and an introductory lecture to the USS Constitution
 Afternoon: After lunch, depart for Charlestown. You will be taking the subway followed by a short 0.4 mile walk to the inner harbor ferry. This 10 minute ferry ride will give you great views of the Boston skyline. The ferry docks in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Charles Bahne will lead you on a guide walk of Breed's Hill, site of the Battle of Bunker Hill, visit the Bunker Hill Museum. Then head back down to the Navy Yard for a private guided visit of USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides" led by US Navy Personnel
 Dinner: Afterwards enjoy a delicious dinner on the Waterfront
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Paul Revere/Old North Church
(Tuesday, August 27)

Note: Today you will be using the subway which requires going up and down multiple flights of stairs. The majority of the day will be spent walking and standing at various sites..There will be walking up and down hills and on cobblestones.



   
 Breakfast: Have breakfast from 7 AM to 8 PM.
 Morning: Meet your Group Leader in the lobby and head over to the "T" Take the "T" to Haymarket and walk to North Square, where Paul Revere's house has stood since 1680. Right next door, at the Mariner's House, an historian from the Revere House will give an illustrated talk. Then we will visit the Revere House.
 Lunch: Have lunch at the Mariner's House in the North End.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will take a narrated walking tour of the North End neighborhood. We will have a "Behind the Scenes" tour of the Old North Church. Captain Mike Cicalese will talk to us about the history of the Mariner's House and the Mariner's Association.
 Dinner: Have a traditonal Italian Dinner in the North End at La Famiglia Giorgio's
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Freedom Trail/Free Time
(Wednesday, August 28)

Note: Today you will be walking along the freedom trail. This includes walking on pavement and cobblestone. The freedom trail is a mixture of walking and standing for a total of approx. 90 minutes. You will be using the subway which requires going up and down multiple flights of stairs.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast this morning from 7 to 8
 Morning: Hear Charlie Bahne's lecture, "The War Begins. Then Charlie leads us on the Freedom Trail from Boston Common to the Old Granary Burying Ground. We stop in at the Old South Meeting House, and the Old State House Museum and end at Faneuil Hall.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant
 Afternoon: Wednesday afternoon is free for your own exploration. Many people choose this time to visit the Adams Historical site in nearby Quincy or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library just south of downtown.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own.
 Evening: Wednesday evening is free for Participants to explore the city's cultural attractions on their own.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lexington/Concord/Farewell Reception
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: Today you will enjoy a motor coach ride to Lexington/Concord. There will be various stops with standing and walking up to 30 minutes. At North Bridge participants will have the choice to walk or take the motor coach to final site.



   
 Breakfast: Have breakfast from 7 to 8 AM.
 Morning: Thursday's lecture is called "The Siege of Boston." Afterwards we head out for the day on our chartered bus. Charlie will narrate as we travel out of town through local neighborhoods en route to Lexington's Battle Green. We will stop at the Battle Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lexington Center.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will head to Minute Man National Park in Concord for a multi-media presentation. Next we will drive through the Concord countryside, past the houses of Hawthorne, Emerson, and the Alcotts, ending at the North Bridge.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Meet Deborah Sampson/Departure
(Friday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast
 Morning: Meet Deborah Sampson, colonial soldier, as portrayed by actress Joan Gatturna.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Charlestown, MA Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Explore Boston's historic sites, art museums, and unique neighborhoods during your Road Scholar stay. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2 Copley Place, Suite 105, Boston, MA 02116-6501 1-888-SEE BOSTON, fax: 617-424-7664 For additional information, visit www.bostonusa.com
  Adams National Historical Park
Contains three historic homes, which were the residences and birthplaces of President John Adams and of his son, President John Quincy Adams. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/adam
  Beacon Hill neighborhood
Boston's finest neighborhood, built in the early 1800s. Includes fine examples of architectural design plus many antique stores on Charles Street. Also the site of the Black Heritage Trail. For additional information, visit www.beaconhillonline.com
  Black Heritage Trail
Walking trail featuring the first church built by black Americans, plus many sites associated with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. Self-guided tour or escorted tour by National Park Rangers. Located in historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/boaf
  Boston Harbor Cruises
The largest operator of harbor cruises in Boston. Choose from whale watch tours, harbor island tours, Provincetown cruises, or 45-minute sightseeing cruises. For additional information, visit www.bostonharborcruises.com
  Boston National Historical Park and the Freedom Trail
National Park includes walking trail of 16 historic sites associated with the beginning of the American Revolution and the early years of the republic. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm
  Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Pops Orchestra
One of the world's great symphony orchestras, October through April. Boston Pops performs lighter fare, May through mid July. For additional information, visit www.bso.org
  Charlestown Navy Yard
Historic military facility, now a national park, includes 2 historic navy ships which can be boarded: USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young, plus the USS Constitution Museum. Portions of the Navy Yard have been redeveloped into private offices and residences. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/cny.htm
  Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Historic market buildings have been remodeled into hundreds of fascinating stores, restaurants, pushcarts, and fast-food emporia. Located adjacent to Faneuil Hall, Boston's town meeting hall and the "Cradle of Liberty." For additional information, visit www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
  Harvard University
Oldest college in English America, founded in 1636. Campus includes many historic buildings plus art museums. For additional information, visit www.harvard.edu
  Harvard University, Ware Collection of Glass Flowers.
Unique collection of more than 3,000 models of flowers and plants, crafted by hand out of molten glass by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. Located in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For additional information, visit www.hmnh.harvard.edu/exhibitions/glassflowers.html
  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The incredible art collection of one woman, Isabella Stewart Gardner, assembled in the late 1800s and early 1900s. More than 2,500 art masterpieces are displayed in a 15th-century Venetian palace. For additional information, visit www.gardnermuseum.org
  John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Step back to the world of the 1960s in this national memorial to our 35th President. For additional information, visit www.jfklibrary.org
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
One of the world's great art museums. Features an outstanding permanent collection, plus exciting special exhibits. For additional information, visit www.mfa.org
  New England Aquarium
Enter an underwater world! The 4-story Giant Ocean Tank is home to sharks, turtles, and moray eels. For additional information, visit www.neaq.org
  Old North Church
Oldest church in Boston, built 1723; from its steeple were displayed the signal lanterns of Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775. For additional information, visit www.oldnorth.com
  Paul Revere House
Oldest house in Boston, built circa 1680; home of the famous patriot Paul Revere, from which he departed for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775. For additional information, visit www.paulreverehouse.org
  Trinity Church
Historic church, built in 1877; the masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson and one of the nation's greatest architectural treasures; renowned for its interior murals and stained glass. For additional information, visit www.trinityboston.org
  USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")
Oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world; a symbol of our nation's pride. Operated by the US Navy. For additional information, visit www.ussconstitution.navy.mil
  USS Constitution Museum
Privately operated museum devoted to the history and heritage of "Old Ironsides." For additional information, visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
  Boston, MA Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Explore Boston's historic sites, art museums, and unique neighborhoods during your Road Scholar stay. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2 Copley Place, Suite 105, Boston, MA 02116-6501 1-888-SEE BOSTON, fax: 617-424-7664 For additional information, visit www.bostonusa.com
  Adams National Historical Park
Contains three historic homes, which were the residences and birthplaces of President John Adams and of his son, President John Quincy Adams. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/adam
  Beacon Hill neighborhood
Boston's finest neighborhood, built in the early 1800s. Includes fine examples of architectural design plus many antique stores on Charles Street. Also the site of the Black Heritage Trail. For additional information, visit www.beaconhillonline.com
  Black Heritage Trail
Walking trail featuring the first church built by black Americans, plus many sites associated with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. Self-guided tour or escorted tour by National Park Rangers. Located in historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/boaf
  Boston National Historical Park and the Freedom Trail
National Park includes walking trail of 16 historic sites associated with the beginning of the American Revolution and the early years of the republic. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/bost/freedom_trail.htm
  Boston Symphony Orchestra / Boston Pops Orchestra
One of the world's great symphony orchestras, October through April. Boston Pops performs lighter fare, May through mid July, and during the holiday season. For additional information, visit www.bso.org
  Charlestown Navy Yard
Historic military facility, now a national park, includes 2 historic navy ships which can be boarded: USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young, plus the USS Constitution Museum. Portions of the Navy Yard have been redeveloped into private offices and residences. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/bost/Charlestown_Navy_Yard.htm
  Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Historic market buildings have been remodeled into hundreds of fascinating stores, restaurants, pushcarts, and fast-food emporia. Located adjacent to Faneuil Hall, Boston's town meeting hall and the "Cradle of Liberty." For additional information, visit www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
  Harvard University
Oldest college in English America, founded in 1636. Campus includes many historic buildings plus art museums. For additional information, visit www.harvard.edu
  Harvard University, Ware Collection of Glass Flowers.
Unique collection of more than 3,000 models of flowers and plants, crafted by hand out of molten glass by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. Located in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For additional information, visit www.hmnh.harvard.edu/exhibitions/glassflowers.html
  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The incredible art collection of one woman, Isabella Stewart Gardner, assembled in the late 1800s and early 1900s. More than 2,500 art masterpieces are displayed in a 15th-century Venetian palace. For additional information, visit www.gardnermuseum.org
  John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Step back to the world of the 1960s in this national memorial to our 35th President. For additional information, visit www.jfklibrary.org
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
One of the world's great art museums. Features an outstanding permanent collection, plus exciting special exhibits. For additional information, visit www.mfa.org
  New England Aquarium
Enter an underwater world! The 4-story Giant Ocean Tank is home to sharks, turtles, and moray eels. For additional information, visit www.neaq.org
  Old North Church
Oldest church in Boston, built 1723; from its steeple were displayed the signal lanterns of Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775. For additional information, visit www.oldnorth.com
  Paul Revere House
Oldest house in Boston, built circa 1680; home of the famous patriot Paul Revere, from which he departed for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775. For additional information, visit www.paulreverehouse.org
  Trinity Church
Historic church, built in 1877; the masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson and one of the nation's greatest architectural treasures; renowned for its interior murals and stained glass. For additional information, visit www.trinityboston.org
  USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")
Oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world; a symbol of our nation's pride. Operated by the US Navy. For additional information, visit www.ussconstitution.navy.mil
  USS Constitution Museum
Privately operated museum devoted to the history and heritage of "Old Ironsides." For additional information, visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763–1789


Author: Robert Middlekauff


Description: From "The Oxford History of the United States" series, a good one-volume study of the Revolution from both a political and military perspective.



The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation


Author: Nancy Rubin Stuart


Description: The story of a remarkable woman sister of one leading patriot and wife of another who played a surprising role in shaping political thinking during the Revolution, then wrote an early history of those events.



Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past


Author: Ray Raphael


Description: Examines some legends of the American Revolution that have become “accepted fact” in our history books, and digs out the story of what really happened.



As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution


Author: Richard Archer


Description: Describes events that led up to the Boston Massacre, and the Massacre itself.



A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution


Author: Page Smith


Description: The best detailed history of the American Revolution; part of the author's eight-volume history of the United States.



1776


Author: David McCullough


Description: The story of one momentous year, from the evacuation of Boston through the disastrous New York campaign. The illustrated edition includes reproductions of significant historical documents.



Decisive Day: The Battle for Bunker Hill


Author: Richard M. Ketchum


Description: A readable narrative of the first major battle of the American Revolution.



Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America


Author: Benjamin L. Carp


Description: A good discussion of the issues and events that culminated in the destruction of the tea in 1773.



Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution


Author: Arthur Bernon Tourtellot


Description: A detailed yet readable history of the events of April 19, 1775.



Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson


Author: Alfred F. Young


Description: True story of a young woman who enlisted and served in the Continental Army.



Paul Revere and the World He Lived In


Author: Esther Forbes


Description: Although it was published 70 years ago, this outstanding book is still the best available overview of what happened in Boston in the 1760s and 1770s. Not just a biography of Paul Revere, it describes life and politics during this tumultuous period. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.



Paul Revere’s Ride


Author: David Hackett Fischer


Description: A modern history of events that led up to the famous ride, and of the fighting that occurred later that day.



The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord


Author: Ray Raphael


Description: Tells the little-known story of how residents of rural Massachusetts effectively overthrew the royal government, without force, seven months before the first shots were fired.



The Minutemen and their World


Author: Robert A. Gross


Description: A fascinating study of the farmers and townsmen of Concord in the years before they gathered at North Bridge.





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