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Tories : fighting for the king in America's first civil war /
Thomas B. Allen.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Harper, c2010.
description
xxiii, 468 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0061241806 (Cloth), 9780061241802 (Cloth)
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imprint
New York : Harper, c2010.
isbn
0061241806 (Cloth)
9780061241802 (Cloth)
abstract
A history of the Americans who chose to side with the British in the American Revolution that sheds important new light on the little-known figures whose lives were forever changed because they remained faithful to their mother country.
catalogue key
7398871
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-444) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-11-01:
The dissenters in popular wars (e.g., those who supported "America First" before World War II) can be neglected by war historians-often because victors write the history books. And so to a large extent forgotten are those Americans who remained loyal to the Crown in the Revolutionary War. Allen (George Washington, Spymaster) tells their stories here, showing that Americans were far from united against the British, even after the shot heard round the world. And the American revolutionaries were just as cruel, brutal, and intolerant as revolutionaries everywhere always are. Allen doesn't sugarcoat the record: the colonists-of both loyalties-committed outrages in the pursuit of their causes. As the 70 pages of end matter show, Allen has extensively researched his subject. It is a scholarly book, heavy on detail. Too often it comes across as a military history of the war from a Tory perspective, rather than by a disinterested author. VERDICT This book is most suitable for students seeking the alternate perspective on the Revolutionary War, and interested readers of military history.-Michael O. Eshleman, Allen Law Firm, Mason, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2010-09-06:
Drawing on letters, diaries, and other primary sources, historian Allen (George Washington, Spymaster) challenges the traditional notion that all the colonists wanted to overthrow the oppressive British government. Instead, he argues that a substantial portion of Americans remained loyal to Britain. Even families were divided, making the Revolution a civil war that often pitted sons against fathers and brothers against brothers. Yet Patriots and Loyalists changed constantly with the varying fortunes of the war. [ For example, Stephen Jarvis, a young farmer, initially joined the Patriots' Connecticut militia in order to defy his Tory father; when his regiment was temporarily released from active duty, young Jarvis fought with the Tory army on Long Island. After the war, 80,000 Tories left the new United States, many starting new lives in Canada; in 1792, about 2,000 ex-slaves given their freedom for joining the Loyalists, sailed to Africa, founding what is now Sierra Leone. Allen's thorough research and fast-paced narrative provide fresh ways of thinking about the Revolutionary War and shed new light on the lives of those, from bankers to small tradesmen, who remained loyal to the throne in the face of vigorous opposition and persecution. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Main Description
A Sweeping, Dramatic History of the Americans Who Chose to Side with the British in the RevolutionThe American Revolution was not simply a battle between independence-minded colonists and the oppressive British. As Thomas B. Allen reminds us, it was also a savage and often deeply personal civil war, in which conflicting visions of America pitted neighbor against neighbor and Patriot against Tory on the battlefield, the village green, and even in church.In this outstanding and vital history, Allen tells the complete story of these other Americans, tracing their lives and experiences throughout the revolutionary period. New York City and Philadelphia were Tory strongholds through much of the war, and at times in the Carolinas and Georgia there were more trained and armed Tories than Redcoats. The Revolution also produced one of the greatest-and least known-migrations in Western history. More than 80,000 Tories left America, most of them relocating to Canada.John Adams once said that he feared there would never be a good history of the American Revolution because so many documents had left the country with the Tories. Based on documents in archives from Nova Scotia to London, Tories adds a fresh perspective to our knowledge of the Revolution and sheds an important new light on the little-known figures whose lives were forever changed when they remained faithful to their mother country.
Main Description
A Sweeping, Dramatic History of the Americans Who Chose to Side with the British in the Revolution The American Revolution was not simply a battle between independence-minded colonists and the oppressive British. As Thomas B. Allen reminds us, it was also a savage and often deeply personal civil war, in which conflicting visions of America pitted neighbor against neighbor and Patriot against Tory on the battlefield, the village green, and even in church. In this outstanding and vital history, Allen tells the complete story of these other Americans, tracing their lives and experiences throughout the revolutionary period. New York City and Philadelphia were Tory strongholds through much of the war, and at times in the Carolinas and Georgia there were more trained and armed Tories than Redcoats. The Revolution also produced one of the greatest-and least known-migrations in Western history. More than 80,000 Tories left America, most of them relocating to Canada. John Adams once said that he feared there would never be a good history of the American Revolution because so many documents had left the country with the Tories. Based on documents in archives from Nova Scotia to London, Tories adds a fresh perspective to our knowledge of the Revolution and sheds an important new light on the little-known figures whose lives were forever changed when they remained faithful to their mother country.
Main Description
Allen delivers a sweeping, dramatic history of the Americans who chose to side with the British in the American Revolution and sheds important new light on the little-known figures whose lives were forever changed because they remained faithful to their mother country.
Table of Contents
Preface: "Little Less Than Savage Fury"p. xiii
Two Flags over Plymouthp. 1
Arming the Toriesp. 19
Flee or Fightp. 39
"To Subdue the Bad"p. 54
The War for Bostonp. 75
Into the Fourteenth Colonyp. 93
The Farewell Fleetp. 110
Beating the Southern Drumsp. 133
"Broadswords and King George!"p. 141
War in the Loyal Provincep. 157
Terror on the Neutral Groundp. 184
"Indians Must be Employed"p. 209
Treason Along the Chesapeakep. 235
Vengeance in the Valleysp. 252
Seeking Southern Friendsp. 276
Despair Before the Dawnp. 291
Bloody Days of Reckoningp. 298
And They Began the World Anewp. 323
Acknowledgmentsp. 335
Notesp. 339
Bibliographyp. 415
Indexp. 445
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