That Ever Loyal Island: Staten Island and the American Revolution

That Ever Loyal Island: Staten Island and the American Revolution

by Phillip Papas
     
 

When the American Revolution began in April of 1775, the majority of the residents of Staten Island, New York, were staunchly Loyalist. Because of its location at the entrance to New York Harbor, Staten Island became of crucial strategic importance to both the British and Continental Army, and in the summer of 1776, the island was occupied by British military forces… See more details below

Overview

When the American Revolution began in April of 1775, the majority of the residents of Staten Island, New York, were staunchly Loyalist. Because of its location at the entrance to New York Harbor, Staten Island became of crucial strategic importance to both the British and Continental Army, and in the summer of 1776, the island was occupied by British military forces as a preliminary step in the invasion of New York City. With its military and political significance, Staten Island provides rich terrain for Papas's illuminating case study of the local dimensions of the Revolutionary War. Using a rich assortment of sources, including personal letters, contemporary newspapers, Loyalist claims, church records, diaries, and local histories, Papas reminds us that the Revolution was both a civil war and a war for independence-a duality that is best viewed from a local perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814767665
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
185
Sales rank:
1,357,916
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Crossroads of the Middle Colonies: The People, Society, and Environment of Staten Island 9

2 "An Unfriendly Disposition Towards the Liberties of America": Staten Islanders and the Colonial Resistance Movement 27

3 "As the Tempest Approaches": Staten Island and the Whig Defense of New York City 43

4 "Our Inveterate Enemies": Staten Islanders and the Arrival of the British Fleet at New York 63

5 The Price of Loyalty 81

Appendix 1 111

Appendix 2 111

Appendix 3 112

Notes 113

Bibliography 151

Index 173

About the Author 185

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