A Woman's Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American by Rosemarie Zagarri

By Rosemarie Zagarri

The second one variation of A Woman's problem: Mercy Otis Warren and the yankee Revolution updates Rosemarie Zagarri's biography of 1 of the main complete girls of the progressive period. The paintings locations Warren into the social and political context within which she lived and examines the impression of Warren's writings on progressive politics and the prestige of girls in early America.

  • Presents readers with an interesting and available old biography of an finished literary and political determine of the innovative era
  • Provides an incisive narrative of the social and highbrow forces that contributed to the arriving of the yankee Revolution
  • Features quite a few updates, together with an in-depth Bibliographical Essay, a number of illustrations, a timeline of Warren's existence, and chapter-end learn questions
  • Includes increased assurance of ladies in the course of the progressive period and the Early American Republic

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Three and one-half years her senior, Jemmy, as he was called, was her closest friend, her trusted companion, and constant adviser. Although she had younger sisters, it was to Jemmy that Mercy turned in times of trouble or distress. When he left for college, he continued to supervise her reading and offer his support for her endeavors. She loved him dearly. In subsequent years, Jemmy would become one of the first, most articulate, but also one of the most erratic leaders of the 14 The First Friends of Her Heart r­ evolutionary movement.

I hope I shall live to see my dispersed family again collected 30 Politics as a Family Affair under the parental roof,” she wrote to George in 1784. ” Mercy strove, not always suc­ cessfully, to balance her own desire for family togetherness with her sons’ need for independence. One strong thread linked Mercy’s created family with the family of her birth: a preoccupation with politics and the affairs of state. In both the Otis and the Warren households, family members were important players in the political events of the day.

How did Mercy Otis Warren’s religious upbringing shape her decisions about what she planned to do with her life? 3. How did Mercy Otis Warren’s father and her brother encourage her intellectual development? 4. What were the typical expectations of a woman like Mercy Otis Warren about courtship and marriage in mid-eighteenth-century Massachusetts? 5. What was the nature of Mercy Otis Warren’s relationship with her husband James? In what ways was their marriage similar to or different from other marriages at the time?

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