From historian Thomas B. Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spy Master comes a sweeping, dramatic history of the Americans who fought alongside the British on the losing side of the American Revolution. Allen’s compelling account comprises an epic story with a personal core, an American narrative certain to spellbind readers of Tom Fleming, David McCullough, and Joseph Ellis. The first book in over thirty years on this topic in Revolution War history, Tories incorporates new research and previously unavailable material drawn from foreign archives, telling the riveting story of bitter internecine conflict during the tumultuous birth of a nation.
Thomas B. Allen
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Think you know a lot about the American Civil War? No, not the one in 1861, I mean the one that ended in 1783. Confused? Then you need to read Thomas B. Allen's newest book, "Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War". Given that history is written by the conquerors, there are very few opportunities to let both sides of any war have a fair hearing, especially one that ended over 200 years ago. Word choice alone can skew any hope of objectivity. Was the "American Revolution" in fact the "First American Civil War"? Did "loyalists" try to quash "rebels" or were "patriots" battling against "traitors"?
"Tories" sheds some much needed light on these questions. Richly researched from many country's archives and neglected primary sources, "Tories" tells the story of(rebel)brother fighting against(tory)brother in a war which both sides thought they would win. Descendants of Mayflower passengers as well as newly arrived immigrants found themselves on opposite sides...
I am a 6th generation descendent of a Loyalist that had to flee to Canada after the end of the Revolutionary War. I have read a number of books on the subject of the unconventional warfare conducted in upstate New York during the Revolutionary War and find this book one of the best on the subject. Mr. Allen correctly assesses the motives behind many of the Loyalist decisions to fight on the side of the Crown. He also explains in great detail the various sectional rivalries and different compositions of the occupants of the various colonies at the time of the outbreak of the war. My personal focus and interest was on the events in the Mohawk and Scoharie Valleys as that was the location I am most familiar with. I have visited the region a number of times and reading this book helped sort out many of the questions I had as to what occurred and how the conflict unfolded as a result of the geography and demographics. The author also correctly exposes the fact that the Revolutionary War...
This is the American history that you weren't taught in school. Everybody knows about the gallant patriots with little money or arms standing up to the mightiest army in the world, & prevailing. What many are not aware of is that a sizable minority ( in fact maybe as a many as a third) of Americans in the 1770s actually remained loyal to King George III. The American Revolution was in fact Americas first civil war & was a civil war within what would become a world war. It really was a war of brother against brother, father against son.Benjamin Franklin's own son who was Governor of New Jersey would remain loyal to the crown and sail into exile after the war never to see his father again. Francis Scott Keye author of the "Star Spangled Banner's" grandfather would also remain loyal to Britain.The city of New York would remain a Loyalist haven and stronghold throughout the war. Large parts of the south in the Carolina's would also produce large numbers of "Tories" or...
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