The Fourth of July is an excellent opportunity to dive into a book that explores this important period in our nation's history. Whether you are looking for a factual biography or a novel, the York County Public Library has you covered. Check out our items below or search our catalog for more items covering all aspects of the Revolutionary War. The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but our eBooks and eAudiobooks are always available.
- 1776 by David McCullough — America's beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation's birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America's survival in the hands of George Washington. In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence—when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.
- Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow — In this unique biography, Ron Chernow takes us on a page-turning journey through all the formative events of America's founding. With a dramatic sweep worthy of its giant subject, "Washington" is a magisterial work from one of our most elegant storytellers.
- The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed —Traces the history of the Hemings family from early eighteenth-century Virginia to their dispersal after Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826, and describes their family ties to the third president against a backdrop of Revolutionary America and the French Revolution.
- Founding Fathers: The fight for freedom and the birth of American liberty by K.M. Kostyal — Kostyal tells the story of the great American heroes who created the Declaration of Independence, fought the American Revolution, shaped the US Constitution — and changed the world. The era's dramatic events, from the riotous streets in Boston to the unlikely victory at Saratoga, are punctuated with lavishly illustrated biographies of the key founders.
- Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the Revolution by Jeff Shaara — More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the revolution, "Rise to Rebellion" is a vivid account of history's most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. His most impressive achievement, "Rise to Rebellion" reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became fighters, ideas their ammunition, and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.