A Woman's DilemmaMercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution
The second edition of A Woman's Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution updates Rosemarie Zagarri's biography of one of the most accomplished women of the Revolutionary era. The work places Warren into the social and political context in which she lived and examines the impact of Warren's writings on Revolutionary politics and the status of women in early America. Presents readers with an engaging and accessible historical biography of an accomplished literary and political figure of the Revolutionary era Provides an incisive narrative of the social and intellectual forces that contributed to the coming of the American Revolution Features a variety of updates, including an in-depth Bibliographical Essay, multiple illustrations, a timeline of Warren's life, and chapter-end study questions Includes expanded coverage of women during the Revolutionary Era and the Early American Republic
Acknowledgments viii A Partial Genealogy of the Family of Mercy Otis Warren xi Map: Massachusetts in 1782 xii Timeline: Mercy Otis Warren/The American Revolution xiii Introduction xv 1 The First Friends of Her Heart 1 2 Politics as a Family Affair 23 3 Her Pen as a Sword 49 4 War Widows 79 5 An Old Republican 99 6 “History is not the Province of the Ladies” 135 Conclusion: The Line Beyond Her Sex 164 Bibliographical Essay 172 Index 186
Rosemarie Zagarri is University Professor and Professor of History at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is the author of The Politics of Size: Representation in the United States, 1776-1850 (1987) and Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (2007). She is also editor of David Humphreys’ “Life of General Washington” with George Washington’s “Remarks” (1991).
Mercy Otis Warren was one of the most accomplished women of the Revolutionary era. At a time when women had no political voice, her writings helped propel American colonists to revolt against Great Britain. She later published one of the first histories of the American Revolution. A devoted wife, mother, and daughter of patriots, Warren's home became a salon for revolutionaries. At the same time, she became an advocate for women's equality with men. The second edition of A Woman’s Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution provides an engaging and accessible study of Warren's life. Placing Warren in the social and political context of her time, the work examines Warren's role as a wife and mother and traces her literary contributions to the patriot cause. Probing her complex relationship with patriot leaders such as John Adams, the work shows how Warren affirmed her identity as a woman while invading the traditionally male realm of politics. The new edition features updated coverage of early American women's history, a revised Bibliographical Essay, multiple period illustrations, and a timeline of Warren’s life. A new collection of chapter-end study questions encourages student reflection and critical thinking on particular topics. Rosemarie Zagarri, a well-known American historian, brings Mercy Otis Warren vividly to life, revealing the importance of an extraordinary historical figure who both fulfilled and transcended the conventional boundaries of womanhood.
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