The Bible of the American Revolution: The Aitken Bible

The Bible held a significant place in the culture of early America, and one particular printed Bible—the Aitken Bible—became known as the “Bible of the American Revolution!” After the colonies declared independence, the British put an embargo on any Bibles exported to America. No English Bibles had ever been printed in the colonies.

In 1781, print shop owner Robert Aitken petitioned Congress to approve a publication of the Bible. In 1782, the congressional chaplains approved of Aitken’s “execution” of the Bible and Congress “recommended this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.”


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