Essential Reading for American Patriots: 'History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution'
Liberty Fund has made available History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution written by Mercy Otis Warren. According to the book's description, Mrs. Warren had a unique perspective on the historical events unfolding in her lifetime and was
"Steeped in the classical, republican tradition, Warren was a strong proponent of the American Revolution. She was also suspicious of the newly emerging commercial republic of the 1780s and hostile to the Constitution from an Anti-Federalist perspective, a position that gave her history some notoriety."History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution - Liberty Fund.
Kirsten Anderson Birkhaug has written a review of the book which is posted at Law & Liberty. Here are some highlights from her review Enduring Memories of the American Revolution:Alexis de Tocqueville metaphorized his thoughts on nations when he wrote that “the whole man is there in the cradle.” Though preceding him in life by nearly eighty years, no one could have agreed with this sentiment more than Mercy Otis Warren, the greatest historian of the American Revolution to have lived through it.
When Warren published her magnum opus, The History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, she was seventy-seven. Nearly thirty years had elapsed since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Warren, already mature by the first rumblings of American independence, had carefully observed the development of sentiments, ideas, and actions that led to the formation of the new nation. In this work, she wove her observations into a narrative, offering a historical record and a trove of her political, social, and philosophical views. She maintained that the Revolution laid the blueprint for all potential futures for the United States—that the whole man was, in fact, there in the cradle. In reviewing Warren’s History, two things are incumbent: first, an assessment of the work itself and what the worlds of academia and public history might take from it, and second, an assessment of this particular edition of the text (in this case, the 1989 Liberty Fund two-volume edition, edited and with an introduction by Lester Cohen).
The answer, I think, is a resounding yes. This work continues to bear fruit when we move past Warren’s imperfect history to examine her meta-narrative, which centers not on history, but on memory, history’s much less stable and much more powerful sister. Her story is, at its core, about the way truth is forgotten and recovered, and the mission of her work is to preserve truth from being forgotten once again. Warren seeks not to record a list of disjointed events, but to preserve the sentiments and principles that gave those events significance. (Source: Enduring Memories of the American Revolution – (lawliberty.org)