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BOOK - Tories, Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War
By Thomas B. Allen
Published by Harper Collins, New York, 2010

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 (Loyalist) 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 experiiences 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 Patriots. The Revolution also produced one of the greatest -- and least known in the America-- migrations in Western history. More than 80,000 Loyalists left America, most of them settling in Canada.

John Adams once said that he feared there would never be a good history of the American revolution becasue so many documents had left the country with the Loyalists. Based on documents in archives fromNova 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.

Reviews:
  • "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, frombankers to small tradesmen, who remained loyal to the throne in the face of vigorous opposition and persecution." - Publisher's Weekly

  • "A Lively account of the colonists who remained loyal to King George during the Revolutionary War... The war's bitterness memorably recaptured." - Kirkus Reviews

468 Pages
6 X 9"
Hardcover (with dust-cover)
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Published by Harper Collins, New York, 2010
ISBN 978-0-06-124180-2

Hardcover......$29.99
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