Aug 1, 2017
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 details Founders he says have been 'written out of history.' 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 know them and the stances they took, and how they fit into political arguments today.