Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution
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Thousands of British Americans in the thirteen colonies rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary, unlawful, and unnatural, they emphasized the natural ties of blood, kinship, language, and religion that united the colonies to Britain. This is a story of how a cross-section of colonists flocked to the British headquarters of New York City to support their ideal of reunion. These loyal Americans did not surrender their vision but creatively adapted their rhetoric and accommodated military governance to protect their long-standing bond with the mother country. They never imagined that allegiance to Britain would mean a permanent exile from their homes.
University of Virginia Press