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This new digital exhibition displays and contextualizes a collection of letters written by spies during the American Revolution. The letters, held by the University of Michigan's Clements Library, offer historical insight into the military intelligence of both the American and British armies. The site presents large images of the original letters beside typewritten transcriptions. The value of the letters as primary documents is enhanced by the historical background provided by the site creators, four students in the U-M's School of Information. The rich background information at the site includes historical narratives related to espionage, explanations of the era's epistolary spying techniques, detailed maps tracing the spy letters' routes, biographies of important persons, and a timeline chronicling major events in the American Revolutionary War.
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