WATCH NOW — Harvard Historian Reconsiders Loyalists in Revolutionary America

An unlucky loyalist is tarred and feathers in the lead up to 1776. It was neighbour against neighbour during the American Revolution. Many have characterized the fight for the 13 Colonies as a civil war.

An unlucky loyalist is tarred and feathered by his neighbours in the lead up to 1776. Many have characterized the fight for the 13 Colonies as a civil war that pitted colonist against colonist.

 “Jasanoff puts a human face on America’s vilified Tories. She explores why they fought against independence and reveals what became of them after the revolution.”

MHN IS PLEASED to bring you Harvard University history professor Maya Jasanoff‘s recent presentation about Loyalists in the Revolutionary War. A video of the lecture, which was carried live on this very page on Friday, Oct. 23, is now available at THIS LINK.

Washington D.C.’s Society of the Cincinnati, the United State’s oldest patriotic organization, hosted the event at the historic Anderson House, located at 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW along the U.S. capital’s Embassy Row. We thank the society for providing us with the video feed.

As many as a quarter or more of the population of the 13 Colonies, an estimated half-million men and women, supported the British Crown during the eight-year rebellion. During her hour-long talk, Jasanoff puts a human face on America’s vilified Tories. She explores why they fought against independence and reveals what became of them after the revolution.

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