Reporting the Revolutionary War by Todd Andrlik
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"This is 'you are there' history at its best...[Reporting the Revolutionary War] lets us see and feel how events unfolded for the people who lived them."—American History

For the colonists of the new world, the years of the American Revolution were a time of upheaval and rebellion. History boils it down to a few key events and has embodied it with a handful of legendary personalities. But the reality of the time was that everyday people witnessed thousands of little moments blaze into an epic conflict-for more than twenty years. Now, for the first time, experience the sparks of revolution the way the colonists did—in their very own town newspapers and broadsheets. Reporting the Revolutionary War is a stunning collection of primary sources, sprinkled with modern analysis from 37 historians. Featuring Patriot and Loyalist eyewitness accounts from newspapers printed on both sides of the Atlantic, readers will experience the revolution as it happened with the same immediacy and uncertainty of the colonists.

The American newspapers of the eighteenth century fanned the flames of rebellion, igniting the ideas of patriotism and liberty among average citizens who had never before been so strongly united. Within the papers, you'll also read the private correspondence and battlefield letters of the rebels and patriots who grabbed the attention of each and every colonist and pushed them to fight for freedom and change. From one of America's leading Revolutionary War newspaper archivists, Todd Andrlik, and guided by scores of historians and experts, Reporting the Revolutionary War brings you into the homes of Americans and lets you see through their eyes the tinderbox of war as it explodes.

"The story of the battle for independence unlike any version that has been told." —Military Review

About Todd Andrlik

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TODD ANDRLIK is curator, historian, and publisher of, an online museum and educational archive of historically significant newspapers dating back to the 16th century. He single-handedly built one of the largest collections of American Revolution-era newspapers. Andrlik is vice president of marketing and PR at one of the nation's largest commercial construction firms. He lives in the Chicago area.
Published November 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In his first book project, Andrlik, the curator and publisher of, an online archive of rare newspapers, presents an intriguing real-time look at the American Revolution.

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Newspapers served as the primary method by which people in the 18th century learned about current events, wars included. Andrlik, a marketing professional interested in 18th-century journalism, has used newspapers from his personal collection to create this distinctive volume on how the American R

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