Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Nov 9, 2010 - History - 496 pages
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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 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 experiences 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 Redcoats. The Revolution also produced one of the greatest—and least known—migrations in Western history. More than 80,000 Tories left America, most of them relocating to Canada.

John Adams once said that he feared there would never be a good history of the American Revolution because so many documents had left the country with the Tories. Based on documents in archives from Nova 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.

  

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User Review  - Kelley - Goodreads

Thomas Allen's book offers brilliant insight into the American Revolution. After my having studied history for the last 30 years, this book has made me profoundly reconsider what being a Patriot meant ... Read full review

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User Review  - R. West - Goodreads

This book was very interesting because it was from the Tory point of view. Nice and eye opening to see it from the other side. So few books talk about the Tories and why they did what they did. I enjoyed it immensely and learned a lot from it. Four stars for being interesting and informative. Read full review

Contents

Two Flags over Plymouth
1
Arming the Tories
19
Flee or Fight
39
To Subdue the Bad
54
The War for Boston
75
Into the Fourteenth Colony
93
The Farewell Fleet
110
Beating the Southern Drums
133
Indians Must Be Employed
209
Treason Along the Chesapeake
235
Vengeance in the Valleys
252
Seeking Southern Friends
276
Despair Before the Dawn
291
Bloody Days of Reckoning
298
And They Began the World Anew
323
Acknowledgments
335

Broadswords and King George
141
War in the Loyal Province
157
Terror on the Neutral Ground
184
Bibliography
415
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About the author (2010)

Thomas B. Allen is the author of numerous history books, including George Washington, Spymaster and Remember Valley Forge. A frequent contributor to Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Military History Quarterly, Military History, Naval History, the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings, and other publications, he lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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