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James Otis the Pre-Revolutionist - 1903 Paperback – December 7, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1594623721 ISBN-10: 1594623724
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (December 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594623724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594623721
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Strawgold VINE VOICE on November 5, 2007
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** Page 541 in "The Adams Jefferson Letters" - John Adams remarked: 'Samuel Adams contribution to the Revolution is beyond all calculations; I know of but one Superior to him and that was James Otis'. "

Two other, better references for those interested in the legacy of James Otis, might want to try "Three Men of Boston" by John Galvin, and the Library of America book of "American Speeches" by Ted Widmer. Both are excellent sources.

Through my far removed grandfather James Otis, my family goes back to the American Revolution - which is the primary reason I had for buying the book. This book has photographs, one of James himself, which, taken in tandem with the other book "James Otis - the pre-revolutionist" by G Mercer Adam and John Clarke Ridpath, make a good pair thus far in my searches.

It has taken me awhile indeed, to to become interested in my ancestor - well into the mature stages of my life. It is a major regret for me that I took so long to honor him. This man, by the sheer courage of his convictions, backed by no one at the time, was one of the major catalysts for the American Revolution. John Adams was witness to the speech against the "Writs of Assistance" which were broad-power based search warrants. (Being such witness quite probably fanned the flame of Adam's own emerging sentiments toward supporting the American Revolution.) James Otis, acting as a legal counsel was to argue FOR the writs, but his true feelings found outlet and he did an amazing "about-face" that could have cost him his neck, and argued "against" them. Quite possibly, he coined the phrase "A man's home is his Castle", since it appears that way within the speech denouncing the "writs".
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