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Revolutionary Memory in the Early Republic

Almost as soon as Revolutionary events occurred, Americans concerned themselves with how they would be remembered and commemorated, and Revolutionary memory was one of the most important components of public culture in the United States during the entire early national period. At the heart of that public memory lay images of Revolutionary War heroism and sacrifice. Decisive battles and the contributions of well-born gentlemen, especially of those who died for the cause, were the most common subjects of the early commemorations.

Although many commemorations took place on a local level (and often praised the actions of local men), the burgeoning print culture helped to spread important Revolutionary War memories to the entire nation. For example, beginning in the first year after the Battle of Lexington, which began the Revolutionary War, local residents held commemorative exercises on the...

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