Celebrating American Independence

As our country turns 244 years young, here are a few suggestions for brushing up on history as well as a few fictionalized stories set during our country’s fight for its Independence.


1776 by David McCullough

George Washington’s Secret Six : the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Valiant Ambition : George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick


Historical Fiction:

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill is the story of slave Aminata Diallo who dreams of escaping her life of slavery in South Carolina.  During the chaos of the Revolutionary War she helps create a list of black people who have been honored for their service to the king.

The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from its tremulous beginning to its bittersweet ending his at a dueling ground.

Patriot Hearts: a novel of the founding mothers by Barbara Hambly reveals the triumphs and turmoil of early America through fictional portraits of four women–Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Sally Hemings, and Dolley Madison–who played key roles during four presidential administrations.