Who were the farmers and accountants, high-school dropouts and part-time soldiers, successful merchants and failed corset makers, who fought against the British empire for American Independence? Find out in 1776: The World Turned Upside Down, which explores their lives and tells the story of the American Revolution in an informal, playful way.
Looking for something to read this 4th of July? Subscribe to 1776: The World Turned Upside Down for a month-by-month account of the story behind the American Revolution.
The Year So Far: 1776: The World Turned Upside Down
After losing his job (again!), Thomas Paine succeeds in becoming the voice of colonial discontent. Henry Knox defies the odds, dragging 59 cannons from Ticonderoga to Boston.
An inside view of the diverse colonies and their inhabitants—from the bustling trade of Massachusetts to former penal colony of Georgia.
As the Revolution gets underway, both sides assemble their troops. One force belongs to the largest empire in the world; the other is a ragtag assembly in desperate need of a drink and a bath.
The colonists of 1776 lived a hard life with few luxuries, seeking comfort in religion, theater, and, for some, a liquor bottle. Nevertheless when faced with the infamous British Navy, they answered the call—to varying success.
Inventor, humorist, and diplomat Benjamin Franklin had already lived a life full of accomplishments at the start of 1776—but now, at age 70, he was to preside over the greatest diplomatic crisis of his career: an all out civil war.
A soldier and a scholar who likes dogs more than people, hot-headed General Charles Lee prepares to lead an army to Charleston.
July (coming on the 4th of July!)
After months of haggling, the Continental Congress assembles to cast the most important vote of their careers: whether or not to declare independence.
Let us know what you think of 1776: The World Turned Upside Down in the comments below or on Goodreads!