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History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution is a book by Mercy Otis Warren. It was published in three volumes, totalling 1,317 pages. Her magnum opus, the book covers the whole Revolutionary period, from the Stamp Act to the events leading to the writing and ratification of the United States Constitution. The book is written in a personal style, but, as is many of Warren's works, it is written in the third person. The book contained still-controversial views about the Revolution, including her idea that the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle of the Revolution, really wasn't a battle at all. Roughly one-third of the book concerns events after Yorktown.

Warren wrote drafts of the book during the events as they unfolded, and had it published after four years of additions in 1805. She credited the delay to health problems, temporary bouts of blindness, and grief at the death of three of her five sons.

President Thomas Jefferson ordered copies of the books for himself and his cabinet and wrote "her truthful and insightful account of the last thirty years will furnish a more instructive lesson to mankind than any equal period known in history." An 1851 Christmas Eve fire destroyed almost two thirds of the books that Jefferson had sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. The flames almost claimed the book as noted by the singeing of the title page.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Historian of the American Revolution". American Treasures of the Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm089.html. Retrieved June 9, 2009.  

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History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution
by Mercy Otis Warren
Warren wrote drafts of the book during the events as they unfolded. Published in 1805, the three volumes cover the Revolutionary period, from the Stamp Act to the events leading to the writing and ratification of the United States Constitution. President Thomas Jefferson ordered subscriptions for himself and his cabinet and noted his "anticipation of her truthful account of the last thirty years that will furnish a more instructive lesson to mankind than any equal period known in history."
This is the title page of the original copy owned by President Thomas Jefferson. An 1851 Christmas Eve fire destroyed almost two thirds of the books that Jefferson had sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. The flames almost claimed the book as noted by the singeing of the title page.
Volume I
An Address to the Inhabitants of the United States
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Volume II
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
Chapter XIII
Chapter XIV
Chapter XV
Chapter XVI
Chapter XVII
Chapter XVIII
Chapter XIX
Chapter XX
Chapter XXI
Volume III
Chapter XXII
Chapter XXIII
Chapter XXIV
Chapter XXV
Chapter XXVI
Chapter XXVII
Chapter XXVIII
Chapter XXXIX
Chapter XXX
ChapterX XXXI

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