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Documentary film about Jewish Revolutionary war hero Haym Salomon
Haym Salomon was a Jewish war hero, yet many people have never heard of him. Hoping to call attention to his contribution to the American Revolution - he funded the Continental Army, gave loans (most of them never paid back) to the likes of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, and raised money in the aftermath of the war to help bring America out of debt - producer Randy Bellous and screenwriter William Sachs have teamed up with Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America to create a documentary film about the Jewish patriot.

Revolutionary War-era map of Connecticut sells for $168,000
A Revolutionary War-era map of "Connecticut and parts adjacent" by Dutch-born Bernard Romans sold for $168,000 at Swann Galleries in New York City on June 2.

Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff (book review)
If you browse through books about the American Revolutionary War, you cannot help but notice how one-sided the topics they cover are. There may be a few books about the British side, but most of these focus on the military affairs. Fortunately for us history buffs, "Liberty's Exiles" fills one the gaps in the American history.

When the British navy evacuated American cities in 1783 after their defeat in the War of Independence, 75,000 would-be-Americans left with them. These were the loyalists who had supported the English king George III in what had been as much a civil war as a national liberation struggle. Although 25% of all colonists had decided to stay loyal to the king in 1776, after 7 years of warfare only 3% of them went into lifelong exile rather than remain in the American republic.

First Family: Abigail & John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis (book review)
In "First Family" historian Joseph Ellis - author behind several great books about the Founding Fathers - explores one of America's greatest partnerships, based on the 1,200 preserved letters between Abigail and John Adams.

Mosquitoes helped Americans defeat British in Revolutionary War
Malaria was all over the American South, when, in 1779, the British chose a "southern strategy" against the rebels under George Washington.

Why didn't soldiers use bows and arrows instead of muskets in 1766?
If an archer can deliver 4 arrows in the time of charging and firing one bullet, why didn`t the colonist use bows and arrows. Even Ben Franklin pondered the question in 1776, when he was concerned about a shortage of gunpowder.

Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution (book review)
Mark Urban`s new book provides the viewpoint of the British soldiers fighting for King George III - and shoots down myths on why the British lost the war.

Researching Revolutionary War ancestors
If your family tree in America goes back to 1775-1783, it is very likely you can claim descendency from at least one ancestor who served in the Revolutionary War.

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War
During the Revolutionary War 200,000 Americans took arms against the British. 7,000 of them perished in the battlefields, while 32,000 soldiers, seamen and civilians became POWs, who are often forgotten.

Founders battle for funds to keep American Army operating
"I want money so much that I would do almost anything for some," stated John Pierce, the paymaster general of the American Army, while George Washington wrote in 1778: Without more money the army would "starve, dissolve or disperse."

The Ladies of the Revolution War
The women of the early American Republic were not allowed to vote or to own property - they were the legal property of their husbands - but slowly their noteworthy part in gaining the independence is starting to emerge.

Deborah Samson fought in Revolution war disguised as a man
In 1782, Robert Shurtliff enlisted as a "3-year man," serving 17 months in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment. Shurtliff - in reality Deborah Samson, a woman - was wounded twice, and honorably discharged.

Women of the Revolution: Bravery and Sacrifice on the Southern Battlefields
As a part of Women`s Week at the Kings Mountain National Military Park, men took a step back to let the history of Revolutionary War nurses, aides, workers, and wives be told.

Legacy: Spain and the US in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848
An exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery explores the Spain`s role in the America`s "Age of Independence" with 70 portraits, maps and treaties.

Test your American history
Why is the phrase "Boston Massacre" inaccurate? Because only 5 people perished in the 1770 skirmish between the British and the colonists.

Explaining the Miracle of American Independence
The American victory in the Revolutionary War was "little short of a standing miracle," noted George Washington. An ad hoc army backed by amateur militiamen fought against one of the world`s great military powers.

History digging: Stanford wants Benjamin Logan's body; locals protest   (Article no longer available from the original source)
General Benjamin Logan led the raids which burned Shawnee Indian towns - and later spawned the Northwest Indian War. His grave is located in Shelby County where he lived, but now the city of Stanford would like to adopt his corpse.

Vermont was once an independent republic and it can be one again
Vermont broke away from the British Empire in 1777 and stood free for 14 years. Its constitution - a decade before the U.S. Constitution - was the first to prohibit slavery in the New World and to promise universal manhood suffrage.

Texan, Spanish role in the American Revolution is often forgotten
Two groups of historians met to talk about the fact that American history books often ignore the part played by Texans, the Spanish or Bernardo de Gálvez in the colonial troops.

More Americans died as British prisoners than died in combat during the American Revolution
In 1776, the British prisoner ship Glasgow had a hard time getting through the Long Island Sound partly because of the stops to bury the dead American prisoners. During the Harding Township Historical Society's meeting Edwin Burrows also talked about New York's City's forgotten role as a jail, where more Americans perished as British prisoners than died in combat.

The 231st birthday of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps
Founded by a resolution of the Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775, thousands of men have gone through the Marine Corps since. "In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mine the glories of its long and illustrious history," John Price quoted John Lejeune, the 13th commandant of the Marine Corps, who offered a message to the corps on Nov. 1, 1921. Lejeune wrote that the Marines had won in every war from the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne. Since then, the Marines have fought in numerous other battles.

Contributions of Tucson To Cause Of 1776
While most know about the struggle by colonists for independence from Great Britain, few are aware of contributions made by people living in Tucson. In August of 1775, O'Conor, an Irishman serving in the Spanish army, recommended what is now Tucson as a location for a new fort. By then, war was raging along the Atlantic coast, between British regulars and American colonists. "Spain was at war with Britain at the same time. Every soldier and resident of the Presidios was asked by King Charles III of Spain to give two pesos each to the cause of the war with Britain." They donated a total of 459 pesos, $45,000 by today's value.