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

By Rosemarie Zagarri

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

  • Presents readers with an interesting and obtainable old biography of an complete literary and political determine of the progressive era
  • Provides an incisive narrative of the social and highbrow forces that contributed to the arrival of the yank Revolution
  • Features numerous updates, together with an in-depth Bibliographical Essay, a number of illustrations, a timeline of Warren's lifestyles, and chapter-end examine questions
  • Includes extended assurance of ladies in the course of the innovative period and the Early American Republic

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18 The First Friends of Her Heart The two had wed at a time when older, more economic notions of marriage were giving way to more romantic, companionate ideals. Mercy and James’s relationship reflected the influence of both the older and newer ideas about marriage. While they experienced a deep affection for and strong attraction to one another, they also shared a common social, economic, and religious background and held similar values. Both were highly principled, even to the point of rigidity and self-righteousness.

As the descendants of Puritans, both Warrens shared a firm belief in God. Unlike their ancestors, however, their belief tended to be more rationalistic, restrained, and stoic, rather than fervent and all-consuming. While spirituality shaped the contours of their mental outlook, their daily life tended to be centered on more earthly concerns. As children of the Enlightenment, they also shared a love of nature. Galileo and Newton had shown that nature operated according to certain predictable laws; the universe was not a random occurrence.

Locke maintained that the human mind at birth was blank and malleable, a tabula rasa. Children possessed enormous potential for both good and evil. As such, it was up to parents to inculcate sound values in their children and shape their ideas. Childrearing methods, he suggested, should be directed not toward eradicating children’s inherent sinfulness or willfulness, but toward molding their minds and character in an enlightened fashion. Enlightenment sources also provided Mercy with a new understanding of the dignity of motherhood and of women’s ­ importance to the family and society.

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