James Otis, the Pre-Revolutionist.  John Clark Ridpath

James Otis, the Pre-Revolutionist

By John Clark Ridpath

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Biography of James Otis, early advocate of the political views that led to the American Revolution. If you want to know the beginning of the American Revolution, look no further than James Otis, Jr. Without him shoulder to shoulder with Samuel Adams, there is no way the US would have declared independence in 1776. The lethargy and complacency was as astounding then as it is today. People then as they are today, chasing their comforts, their "trifles, " as Adams called them, and their cult of the dollar. Otis was the lawyer, the Orator, Adams the writer. Both were brilliant. Both were relentless.

John Clark Ridpath