The American Revolution

This Web page shows the table of contents of our American Revolution CD, which contains 137 books, plus historical documents. . Internal links will take you to the various sections, but you cannot get to the books themselves here on the Web. For that you need the CD.

Intended for use with Windows PCs and recent Macs (OS X), this American Revolution CD, with 137 books plus historical documents, in plain text formatis available for $19 at our online store.

For details about this publishing service, check the readme document.

If you would like to have your PC (with speakers) read these texts aloud to you, while they are displayed in text on the screen, see below about the free ReadPlease software that we have included on this CD.

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These books are in plain text format. You can copy them onto your hard drive for convenience, or make an archival copy of the CD, as backup in case of damage to the original. (If you would prefer to read Mercy's history of the Revolution on a PDA (such as the Palm or Pocket PC), we also include on this CD the full text in Palm Doc (.pdb), TomeRaider (.tr), and Microsoft Reader (.lit) format.)

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Table of Contents of the American Revolution CD

This American Revolution CD, with 137 books plus historical documents, in plain text formatis available for $19 at our online store.

History books dealing with the American Revolution and the Early Republic

Mercy Otis Warren, conscience of the American Revolution

I entered these works by Mercy Otis Warren by hand. (The old type, with "s" that looks like "f" and other peculiarities characteristic of the time, makes this text impossible to scan). I have modernized the spelling and punctuation and made other edits for readability. Please let me know of typos, so I can fix them promptly. Richard Seltzer

This edition of Mercy Warren's works is Copyright © 2002 Richard Seltzer. Permission is granted to make and distribute complete verbatim electronic copies of this item for non-commercial purposes provided the copyright information and this permission notice are preserved on all copies. All other rights reserved. Please contact us first if you are interested in making copies for commercial purposes, Comments welcome.

Portrait of Mercy Warren (by Copley) -- closeup of face, full figure

The Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution by Mercy Warrn

Plays by Mercy Warren

Observations on the new Constitution, and on the Federal and State Conventions, 1788. Pamphlet against the Constitution, formerly attributed to Elbridge Gerry, now acknowledged as written by Mercy Otis Warren

Chronology of Mercy Otis Warren 1728 - 1814 by King Dykeman, Philosophy Department, Fairfield University

Introduction to the work of Mercy Otis Warren 1728 - 1814 by King Dykeman, Philosophy Department, Fairfield University

Introduction to Observations on the New Constitution by Mercy Otis Warren by King Dykeman, Philosophy Department, Fairfield University

Biography of Mercy's brother: "James Otis the Pre-Revolutionist" by John Ridpath

Mercy Warren's entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, 1911:

"Warren, Mercy (1728-1814), American writer, sister of James Otis, was born at Barnstable, Mass., and in 1754 married James Warren (1726-1808) of Plymouth, Mass., a college friend of her brother. Her literary inclinations were fostered by both these men, and she began early to write poems and prose essays. As member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1766-1774) and its speaker (1776-1777 and 1787-1788), member (1774 and 1775) and president (1775) of the Provincial Congress, and paymaster-general in 1775, James Warren took a leading part in the events of the American revolutionary period, and his wife followed its progress with keen interest. Her gifts of satire were utilized in her political dramas, The Adulator (1773) and The Group (1775); and John Adams, whose wife Abigail was Mercy Warren's close friend, encouraged her to further efforts. Her tragedies "The Sack of Rome" and "The Ladies of Castile," were included in her Poems, Dramatic and Miscellaneous (1790), dedicated to General Washington. Apart from their historical interest among the beginnings of American literature, Mercy Warren's poems have no permanent value. In 1805 she published a History of the American Revolution, which was colored by somewhat outspoken personal criticism and was bitterly resented by John Adams (see his correspondence, published by the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1878). James Warren died in 1808, and his wife followed him on the 19th of October 1814."

Historical Documents relating to the American Revolution and Early Republic

Fiction relating to the American Revolution and Early Republic

This American Revolution CD, with 137 books plus historical documents, in plain text formatis available for $19 at our online store.

How to install and use the free ReadPlease software included on this CD

Click here if you would like to install this software. When you click on that link, you will be asked wheter you want to save it on your computer or just run it. Choose Save -- it will only take about 10 Mbytes; so choose Save. Then select which version you want to install and the directory that you'd like to put it in. When the rapid, automatic installation is done, you will be able to open ReadPlease by clicking on an icon on your desktop.

When running ReadPlease, click on File, then Open, and browse to the texts you are interested on the CD (or any other text file you have). Click on Play and it will start "reading" the book aloud to you. Highlight a chunk of text (of any size) with your browser and then click on Selection, and it will read the text you selected. Controls in the right column allow you to change the speed of the voice (with a sliding bar), change the font size (with a sliding bar), and switch among four different voices (with the right and left arrows).

When you run ReadPlease, you see the text, with yellow highlighting moving from one word to the next, while you hear that same text. And you can at any time edit the text in the video window. Just position your cursor, click you mouse, and type whatever you like -- for instance, annotation or marks to show where you last stopped reading. Then save the edited file on your hard drive.

Please keep in mind that ReadPlease is their software not ours. They are the experts on it. They have even better versions with even clearer, more natural voices, which they sell. You can listen to samples at their Web site, where you can also see detailed help files.  And you can contact them at: ReadPlease Corporation, 121 Cherry Ridge Road, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada P7G 1A7. Phone: 807-474-7702

Tips for using/enjoying the texts on this CD:

The easiest way to get started is to click on My Computer, then on your CD drive, then on index.html. That should bring you to index.html, in Word or your Web browser, or WordPad or Notepad, depending on your computer's setup.

From here, click on an individual work to see the full text in your browser or in Word. Click "Back" in your browser to return here.  Use the "find" function in your browser (under Edit/Find in both Netscape and IE) to find any word or phrase within a document.

If you use Word, you can Select All [under Edit], and modify the font and type size (to make the letters larger and easier to read) [under Format and Font], and save the files on your hard drive [under File, Save As] with whatever changes you have made (including notes you made while reading).

In addition, we include a shareware program (courtesy of DLJ Software, 182 Maplewood Circle, Urbana, OH 43078.(513) 484-3992). This program, READIT.EXE, was particularly designed for use by the blind, but it makes it very easy for anyone to read and search plain text documents.

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