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Mercy Otis Warren

Mercy Otis Warren wrote the first history of the Revolutionary War. She should know. She was there.

Mercy got her start before the War officially began because she wanted to do something to reach the common people with revolutionary ideas. The first Committee of Correspondence was formed in the Warren home. John Adams was impressed with Mercy's writing. She wrote plays poking fun at the British. One was entitled The Blockheads. She could not put her name on the plays, as making fun of the British carried a high price - punishment and possibly jail time. In all, Mercy wrote six plays.

With her husband gone off to fight, Mercy decided to write the history of the American Revolution using her notes from meetings and conversations. Her efforts were published in 1805, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution.