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History Talks: Mercy Otis Warren – Muse of the Revolution (Sandwich)
February 4 @ 2:00 pm
In this lively talk about the first female historian of the American Revolution and our first woman playwright, Nancy Rubin Stuart captures intimate details of the life native Cape-Codder Mercy Otis Warren and her patriotic achievements.
The sister of firebrand James “the Patriot” Otis, who first declared “taxation without representation is tyranny,” Mrs. Warren was the mother of five sons and the wife of James Warren, Speaker of the Massachusetts House and Paymaster General of the Revolutionary Army.
A close friend of Abigail and John Adams, she and Abigail shared fears, comforted each other in their husbands’ absences, exchanged theories about child-rearing and even ran a small importing business together. So impressed was John Adams with Mrs. Warren’s literary talent that he applauded her “genius pen” and encouraged her to write satirical plays, poems and a history of the American Revolution. Ironically, he got more than he bargained for.
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