The Other Loyalists
Ordinary People, Royalism, and the Revolution in the Middle Colonies, 1763-1787
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Fascinating stories of ordinary people in the Middle Colonies who remained loyal to the Crown.
In The Other Loyalists we meet for the first time the ordinary people of the Middle Colonies who remained loyal to Britain during the American Revolution. The first important new scholarship in decades, these essays uncover the reasons why middle- and lower-class citizens chose to become Loyalists, how they participated in and endured the Revolution, and what happened to them because of their defeat. In unprecedented clarity we are allowed to see the tragedy, violence, and suffering of places such as the lower Delaware and Hudson valleys, the Delmarva Peninsula, western Pennsylvania, and northern Virginia. This book fills an important void in our understanding of the American Revolution, reminding us that not all Loyalists were members of the elite and that their motivations were a complicated medley of political beliefs, religious convictions, and self-interest.
Joseph S. Tiedemann is Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University and author of Reluctant Revolutionaries: New York City and the Road to Independence, 1763–1776. Eugene R. Fingerhut (1932–2006) was Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Los Angeles and author of Survivor: Cadwallader Colden II in Revolutionary America. Tiedemann and Fingerhut are coeditors of The Other New York: The American Revolution beyond New York City, 1763–1787, also published by SUNY Press. Now retired, Robert W. Venables was Senior Lecturer in the Cultural Landscapes Program at Cornell University and author of the two-volume American Indian History: Five Centuries of Conflict and Coexistence.
"This volume is well written, annotated, and organized … [a] fine academic accomplishment." — Journal of American History
"…aims to fill significant gaps in our understanding of the American Revolution by focusing on loyalism among 'ordinary people' in the middle colonies … The Other Loyalists addresses subjects that deserve more attention, and scholars interested in its main themes will want to read these essays." — The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"Generally, more is known about the patriots than the loyalists in the American Revolution. This volume helps to correct that imbalance … Coeditor Tiedemann, in particular, has done excellent work to portray the complexities of America's loyalists; this volume adds substantially to the work he and others have done." — CHOICE