Generous Enemies: Patriots and Loyalists in Revolutionary New York

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004 - 260 Seiten
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Publisher description: Generous Enemies challenges many long-held assumptions about wartime experience during the American Revolution by demonstrating that communities conventionally depicted as hostile opponents were, in fact, in frequent contact. Living in two clearly delineated zones of military occupation--the British occupying the islands of New York Bay and the Americans in the surrounding countryside--the people of the New York City region often reached across military lines to help friends and family members, pay social calls, conduct business, or pursue a better life. Examining the movement of Loyalist and rebel families, British and American soldiers, free blacks, slaves, and businessmen, Van Buskirk shows how personal concerns often triumphed over political ideology. Making use of family letters, diaries, memoirs, soldier pensions, Loyalist claims, committee and church records, and newspapers, this compelling social history tells the story of the American Revolution with a richness of human detail.

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An examination of the various ways by which the theoretically iron walls seperating the Whig and Loyalist communities during the American Revolution were interpenetrated by the social conventions that ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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