Divided Loyalties: How the American Revolution Came to New York

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Macmillan, 2003 - 464 páginas
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Years of neglect in the mother country 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 Britain required tribute. When the revolution came to New York City, it tore apart a community that was already riven by deep-seated familial, 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 or cast their lot with the American insurgents.

Using fascinating detail to draw us into history's narrative, Richard M. Ketchum explains why men 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

Contenido

Prologue
1
A Most Splendid Town
5
Salutary Neglect
23
Year of Wonders
35
Join or Die
49
GeorgeBe a King
62
Gentle Shepherd
77
A Stamp Tax
91
Battle of Golden Hill
220
Coercive Measures
233
An Act of Tyranny
254
The Mob Begin to Think
268
Blows Must Decide
279
Affairs Grow Serious
290
The Sword Is Drawn
302
You Must Now Declare
316

Slavery Fenced Us In
107
Petitions and a Dagger
119
The City in Perfect Anarchy
134
Madness and Folly
145
An Act to Repeal an Act
156
An Unsupportable Burden
172
A Tax on Tea
186
Incentive to Rebellion
199
The Wilkes of America
209
The Proposition Is Peace
329
Full Exertion of Great Force
342
Epilogue
359
Principal Characters
367
Bibliography
383
Source Notes
395
Acknowledgments
420
Index
423
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Richard M. Ketchum is the author of the Revolutionary War classics Decisive Day, Winter Soldiers, and Saratoga. He was the co-founder and editor of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal. He and his wife live on a sheep farm in Vermont.

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