Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s December 29, 1778. I’m with the Patriot historian and playwright, Mercy Otis Warren.
JG: “Mercy, how did you get involved in writing for the Patriot cause?”
MW: “Mr. Gillespie, my husband and John Adams knew of my writing talent and encouraged me to chronicle the war. I had a passion to write so the common people could understand the principles of liberty. It was a great passion for me. Many of my plays made fun of the British.”
Mercy’s plays raised American morale. Her three volume history on the American Revolution is one of the best documentaries of the war.
In Barnstable, Massachusetts, the Mercy Otis Warren historical marker reads, “In tribute to Mercy Otis Warren.
“Poet, playwright, historian, and political pamphleteer…
“Member of a patriotic family, educated with her brother, and prolific writer, she used her pen and astute intellect to keep burning the fires of the American Revolution and to help form the U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”
John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.