Written Out of History? Robert Yates, Luther Martin, Mercy Otis Warren

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James Otis, Robert Yates and Mercy Otis Warren are not names that roll off the tongue, but they did make important contributions to Constitutional debate. Senator Michael Lee’s recent book “Written Out of History” and his public appearances details Founders he says have been ‘written out of history.’ And they were the voices that were against the Constitution and the construction of the Federal government others envisioned. Bruce looks at some of these men and women, and while finding them interesting figures that should be known, finds it difficult to say they are principals in league with Washington or Jefferson, and several factors explain their lack of prominence in at least short textbook histories. However, those who have a greater than average level of historical knowledge should want to know them and the stances they took, and how their views at the time fit into political arguments today.

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