Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution [NOOK Book]

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Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary, unlawful, and unnatural, they emphasized the natural ties of blood, kinship, language, and religion that united the colonies to Britain. They hoped that British military strength would crush the minority rebellion and free the colonies to renegotiate their return to the empire.

Of course the loyalists were too American to be of one mind. This is a ...

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Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution

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Overview

Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary, unlawful, and unnatural, they emphasized the natural ties of blood, kinship, language, and religion that united the colonies to Britain. They hoped that British military strength would crush the minority rebellion and free the colonies to renegotiate their return to the empire.

Of course the loyalists were too American to be of one mind. This is a story of how a cross-section of colonists flocked to the British headquarters of New York City to support their ideal of reunion. Despised by the rebels as enemies or as British appendages, New York’s refugees hoped to partner with the British to restore peaceful government in the colonies. The British confounded their expectations by instituting martial law in the city and marginalizing loyalist leaders. Still, the loyal Americans did not surrender their vision but creatively adapted their rhetoric and accommodated military governance to protect their long-standing bond with the mother country. They never imagined that allegiance to Britain would mean a permanent exile from their homes.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813931166
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2011
  • Series: Jeffersonian America
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,057,601
  • File size: 952 KB

Meet the Author

Ruma Chopra is Assistant Professor in the History Department at San Jose State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Natural Rights and Natural Ties: Britons in New York City 7

2 "Uncommon Phrenzy": Rebel Usurpation, 1774-1776 29

3 "Quicken Others by Our Example": New Yorkers Welcome the British 51

4 "Lord Pity This Poor Country": Loyalist Resilience 80

5 "Diversity of Sentiments on the Future Conduct of the War": Loyalist Clamor 108

6 "A Certificate of Their Necessity": A Mix of Refugees and Rules 136

7 "The Die Had Been Cast": Loyalist Divisions 160

8 "Look Yo Tory Crew, and See What George Your King Can Do": Loyalists Unprotected 188

Conclusion: Loyalist Patriotism Exceeds Loyalist Power 223

Notes 227

Bibliography 271

Index 293

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