A State Divided: Opposition in Pennsylvania to the American Revolution

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Here, is the story of the revolution told from the side of the losers—the Tories or the disaffected—as it took place in Pennsylvania. Their disaffection was largely cause, however, not by loyalty to England and her king, but by local factors within Pennsylvania, such as religious and political divisions, personal antagonisms, and rivalries. This volume traces the development of that opposition as the mother country began to enforce a stricter colonial policy in the 1760s. Ousterhout focuses on the disaffected in ...

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Overview

Here, is the story of the revolution told from the side of the losers—the Tories or the disaffected—as it took place in Pennsylvania. Their disaffection was largely cause, however, not by loyalty to England and her king, but by local factors within Pennsylvania, such as religious and political divisions, personal antagonisms, and rivalries. This volume traces the development of that opposition as the mother country began to enforce a stricter colonial policy in the 1760s. Ousterhout focuses on the disaffected in the pre-war decade, showing their increasing apprehensiveness about the escalating colonial anti-British measures and their belief that those measures were causing, rather than responding to, the increasingly violent British actions. The volume further explores the punishments and harassments against the disaffected that were administered by local crowds as well as by legal agencies during the Revolutionary period.

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Meet the Author

ANNE M. OUSTERHOUT is Professor of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University. Her articles have appeared in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

Prologue to Disaffection: 1760-1774

Differences of Opinion: May 1774-March 1775

Dissent Becomes Unacceptable: April 1775-July 1776

"A State of Great Anxiety": July 1776-June 1778

"Liberality of Sentiment": July 1778-September 1783

Frontier Allies: Indians and Tories

"The Sufferings of Those They Please to Style Tories"

The Decision

Appendix: Offenses and Punishments of the Disaffected

Selective Bibliography

Index

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