Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York

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Macmillan, 2002 M10 14 - 447 páginas
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Before the Civil War splintered the young country, there was another conflict that divided friends and family-the Revolutionary War

Prior to the French and Indian War, the British government had taken little interest in their expanding American empire. Years of neglect had allowed America's fledgling democracy to gain power, but by 1760 America had become the biggest and fastest-growing part of the British economy, and the mother country required tribute.

When the Revolution came to New York City, it tore apart a community that was already riven by deep-seated family, political, religious, and economic antagonisms. Focusing on a number of individuals, Divided Loyalties describes their response to increasingly drastic actions taken in London by a succession of the king's ministers, which finally forced people to take sides and decide whether they would continue their loyalty to Great Britain and the king, or cast their lot with the American insurgents.

Using fascinating detail to draw us into history's narrative, Richard M. Ketchum explains why New Yorkers with similar life experiences-even members of the same family-chose different sides when the war erupted.

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DIVIDED LOYALTIES: How the American Revolution Came to New York

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A journalist and Revolutionary War historian examines in abundant and authoritative detail the reluctant city of New York as the colonies reeled toward revolution.Ketchum (Saratoga: Turning Point of ... Leer comentario completo

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This is a great book and real departure from Ketcham's other works on the Revolutionary War. This book focuses on the divisions in New York that led to the formation of Patriot and Loyalist parties. It is a fascinating story, well told. Leer comentario completo

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Richard M. Ketchum is the author of the Revolutionary War classics Decisive Day: The Battle for Bunker Hill (0-8050-6099-5), Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton (0-8050-6098-7), and Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War (0-8050-6123-1). He and his wife live on a sheep farm in Vermont.

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