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American Beginnings, Issue #006 -- Mercy Otis Warren, 2012 in Review, Valley Forge Sculpture
January 17, 2013

The Newsletter about America's Founding
by Revolutionary War and Beyond

Let us aspire to the greatness our Founding Fathers imagined for us.

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Issue #6 - January 17, 2013

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Happy New Year from Revolutionary War and Beyond! 2012 was a great year for our website! Did you know that for the second year in a row we had over a million visitors to our website? That's truly amazing. It's a tribute to our great writing and to our great visitors!

In this issue, we will cover some of the highlights and new material on our site over the last year, which saw a lot of great new information about the Revolutionary War and Founding Fathers to our website.

As always, thanks for reading with us...
The Minuteman

Quote of the Month

Our most popular quote of the last month was from Mercy Otis Warren. Mercy was one of the first female American writers. She was intimately involved with many of the Boston leaders of the American Revolution, including Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock and James Otis (her brother). Her work "History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution" was one of the first extensive works about the American Revolution and also one of the first works in America to be published by a woman.

Mercy Otis Warren

Mercy Otis Warren

Quote of the Month: "It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government." - Mercy Otis Warren, in History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805

Some thoughts about the quote...

  • What principles of the Revolution are Mercy Otis Warren talking about that need to be preserved?
  • Do you believe, as Mercy did, that tyranny can appear in any form of government, including our own?
  • In what way could tyranny manifest in our own government?

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In 2012, we added several new sections to our website, including:

Have you visited a Revolutionary War site, such as Valley Forge, Boston, Philadelphia, Yorktown, Mount Vernon or the Liberty Bell? Share your experience and photos here!

Question of the Month

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What holiday was the biggest celebration in New York City for a hundred years after the end of the American Revolution?

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We are NOT going to tell you where to find the answer on our site on this one! The answer is there, however!

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And look for the answer to the question here in the next issue!

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The last edition's Question of the Week was: Who did Dorothy Quincy Hancock, wife of John Hancock, have a secret crush on while she was engaged to be married to John?

The answer? Aaron Burr, future Vice-President with Thomas Jefferson and killer of Alexander Hamilton in a duel. You can read more about the details of their relationship at our John Hancock page here.

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Prayer at Valley Forge Sculpture

Prayer at Valley Forge Sculpture
You may have seen the popular Prayer at Valley Forge painting by Arnold Friberg on our website. It's the best-selling patriotic item on our site.

Last year, Friberg Fineart came out with a sculpture modeled after the painting which sold for $50. Recently, the price was reduced to only $34.97 and we wanted to inform our friends and visitors who may want to get one for themselves or for a gift. You can learn more or order your own here - Prayer at Valley Forge Sculpture

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Until next time...
The Minuteman

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