November 14 - 1933: The Free State of Cape Cod described

1754: Mercy Otis gets married
Mercy Otis Warren.

1754: Mercy Otis of Barnstable marries James Warren of Plymouth

The Mass Moments story on the marriage of Mercy Otis and James Warren began:

On this day in 1754, Mercy Otis of Barnstable and James Warren of Plymouth began their remarkable 54-year partnership. When she married into a family active in public affairs, Mercy embraced the chance to be involved in the events of the Revolutionary era.

She was a keen and intelligent observer and an accomplished writer. In the 1770s, she had several satirical plays published anonymously before embarking on a history of the Revolution. Her History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution appeared in 1805.

The fact that the book discounted the diplomatic achievements of her old friend John Adams caused a bitter rift. "History is not the Province of the Ladies," Adams angrily declared.

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1933: The Free State of Cape Cod

The following article recounts how Jonathan Norton Leonard described Cape Cod in the November 1933 issue of American Mercury. The article begins:

"In the November American Mercury Mr. Jonathan Norton Leonard describes a curious and charming anachronism. On Cape Cod people mind their own business. Descended from children of the sea, the natives all possess a "peculiar combination of fractiousness " and toleration which makes them "very hard to influence and little inclined "to influence others."

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