The Other Loyalists: Ordinary People, Royalism, and the by Joseph S. Tiedemann

By Joseph S. Tiedemann

Interesting tales of standard humans within the center Colonies who remained dependable to the Crown.

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Enough is known, however, to offer a few generalizations. The peninsula was a peculiarly apt host for insurgencies because of its physical isolation in the larger sense of things and its countervailing accessibility from large bodies of navigable waters through tributary creeks. The remoteness of centers of political authority—with their institutional penchant to record complex realities on the ground—makes it hard to grasp the contours of this insurgency, or to fathom an obscure figure such as China Clow.

This is not to suggest that there is no significant historiography of Loyalism, but efforts to recover the context of divided opinion about the Revolution have forever moved against the winds of American cultural optimism. Some of the benchmark efforts through the generations include Lorenzo Sabine, The American Loyalists: Or Biographical Sketches of Adherents to the British Crown in the War of the Revolution (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1847); Claude Halstead Van Tyne, The Loyalists in the American Revolution (New York: Macmillan, 1902); Wallace Brown, The King’s Friends (Providence, RI: Brown University Press, 1965); Wallace Brown, The Good Americans: Loyalists in the American Revolution (New York: Morrow, 1969); Robert McCluer Calhoon, The Loyalists in Revolutionary America, 1760–1781 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973).

European settlement of the central Atlantic coast occurred south of the Chesapeake and east of the Delaware and only slowly encroached onto the peninsula. 6 New Netherlanders focused on the Hudson River and made only token settlements on the east bank of the Delaware. 7 Native American “lines” of operation were even more complex. The Susquehanna Valley directed a prong of Iroquoian power southeast into a complex coastal web of Algonquian agricultural and migratory hunter-gatherer bands. Pressed from above after 1600 by the aggressive “Five Nations” Iroquois confederacy, the Susquehannocks reanchored their domain near the neck of the Delmarva Peninsula.

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