Excerpts from: Americanism Redux: February 1, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1774

Mercy Otis Warren mourns the loss of a friend and fears the loss of two more. Grief drives her to renew her commitment to friendship. It also sets the stage for her to evaluate the conditions of political strife around her. While Warren deals with her loss, two scenes unfold in Pennsylvania that point back to issues other than tea in the tensions between Britain and the thirteen colonies.

Finally, Benjamin Franklin stores away a brown suit that he’ll bring out again in a future moment.

Americanism Redux, a series by historian author, Dr. Dan Miller, explores what Americanism meant 250 years ago and its significance for America today. Visit Dr Dan Miller’s website>


Reference: The Remnant Trust Collection

RT Item: #1149. “Essays on Liberty and Necessity”, 1795, by Samuel West. West is a Christian minister from Massachusetts. He delivered a special sermon commemorating the landing of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock, a well-known annual day of remembrance in Mercy Otis Warren’s home. Warren will often invoke the Pilgrims as a standard for conduct in the unfolding imperial crisis. 

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