Mercy Otis Warren As A Leader Of The Revolution

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Mercy Otis Warren was one of the few women to give public voice to her political sentiments. Mercy was the sister of James Otis, a leader of the Revolution. She wrote several satirical plays and corresponded with many prominent figures in colonial society, including Samuel Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Elbridge Gerry and Alexander Hamilton. She maintained an especially close contact with Jordan and Abigail Adams. She structured her political comments within plays, none of which she preformed on stage because Mercy has specifically written them for publication in the newspapers. Through her plays Mercy revealed her contempt for the Tory Administration in Boston and her passion for Whig ideology. “Mercy believed that a women’s primary focus should be her family, but asserted that it was important for women to be aware of politics in order to better serve their families.” (Volo, 2003) Warren was among the women who chose to publish their views. Women were active ad printers and publishers during the war. Women who feared criticism for meddling too directly in politics published their poems and letters into the newspaper anonymously. In 1772, Warren published anonymously her “biting satire of Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson, The Adulator. First appearing in two installments in the Massachusetts Spy, the play ended with a warning that the people might take up arms.” (Gundersen,1996) She wrote two more plays on political themes by 1774 and pamphlets, all appearing
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