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“My life not availeth me in comparison to the liberty of the truth.”
“Why did you write about Mary Dyer?” is a question I often get. It usually comes right after, “Who was she?” and right before the question, “So why isn’t she more famous?”
That last questions may be a post for a different day because it’s not an easy one to answer. For now, let’s tackle the question in the headline.
My Reasons for Writing About Mary Dyer
Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom is ultimately a book about civil rights. There are picture books and middle-grade books about many of our greatest civil rights leaders – Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony – and there should be. Children love reading about these leaders because they take courage from their examples. Yet very little is written about the issue of religious civil rights despite a strong war of words revealing plenty of intolerance and ridicule. I thought it was time to write about someone who stood up and was willing to die for religious freedom, separation of church and state, and everything else we should hold dear in the First Amendment.
So why did I write Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom? Because Mary Dyer is a hero, and it’s time children come to be as inspired by her as they are our other great civil rights leaders.
Please order your copy here and help your children (or grandchildren) learn more about Mary Dyer. Thanks!