Place yourself in the mind, spirit and body of someone depicted in one of the images linked below. Consider how their perspective, voice or lack thereof affects your previous understanding of the American Revolution.

How can you creatively write yourself into the image you selected? Or can you find a private moment for a hero or heroine in one of these images and develop it?

diary entry

letter home

circular letter battle hymn St. Crispin's Day speech


"The Spirit of '76" by Archibald M. Willard (ca. 1876)

Patrick Henry in the House of Burgesses. Engraving from painting by PH. Rothermel

Paul Revere, "The BLOODY MASSACRE Perpetrated in King Street BOSTON on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th REGT." 1770.

Reading the Declaration of Independence from the east balcony of the State House in Boston. 1776

Paul Revere's ride, Illustration
The destruction of tea at Boston Harbor. Lithograph by Sarony and Major, 1846

The first blow for liberty. Print by A.H. Ritchie

Battle of Lexington. Drawing from engraving by Amos Doolittle, a Connecticut militiaman

Retreat from Concord. Illustration

Capture of Fort Ticonderoga: Ethan Allen and Captain de Ia Place. Engraving from painting by Alonzo Chappel

John Trumbull, The Battle of Bunker's Hill, 1786

Battle at Charlestown, June 17,1775. Engraving by Bernard Romans, 1775

John Trumbull
Oil on canvas, 12' x 18'
Commissioned 1817; placed 1826 in the Rotunda
Boston Massacre, Mar. 5, 1770. Chromolithograph by John Bufford

The old Tun Tavern, Philadelphia. Drawing

Exterior view of Independence Hall. Philadelphia. Engraving

Crossing the Delaware. Painting by Emanuel Leutze

The first flag being made. Illustration

Prayer at Valley Forge. Engraving by John McRae from painting by Henry Brueckner

Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth. Engraving by J.C. Armytage from painting by Alonzo Chappel

Triumph of patriotism-Washington entering New York, Nov. 25,1783. Engraving by A.H. Ritchie
Washington's farewell to his officers. Engraving by Phillibrown from painting by Alonzo Chappel


The Bostonians paying the exciseman, or tarring and feathering. Cartoon in mezzotint, published by Sayer and Bennett, London, 1774
The Bostonians in distress. Cartoon in mezzotint, published by Sayer and Bennett, London, 1774

Most images from the National Archives