The War for Independence and the Transformation of American by Harry M. Ward

By Harry M. Ward

I feel this can be an lower than used, even perhaps unknown ebook at the warfare of the Revolution and its effect on American society. Thesis and conclusions are a lot clearer than loads of Don Higginbotham's paintings. it's not AN ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLES AND LEADERS OF THE struggle! Its social background, performed good. it truly is within the "new" army historical past style, and is properly written, and good documented. rate is steep although, regrettably.

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One loyalist commander especially stands out. Colonel Beverly Robinson of the Loyal American Regiment might have become a patriot general. The son of an acting governor of Virginia, Robinson was a wealthy planter and friend of George Washington. While serving in the North during the French and Indian War, Robinson met and married Susanna Philipse, daughter of Frederick Philipse, owner of vast lands along the Hudson River. Defying a patriot oath of allegiance he fled to New York City, whereupon he raised loyalist troops, who assisted the British army mainly in attacks on American forts on the Hudson.

24 REINVENTING THE BODY POLITIC Legislatures elected the judiciary, except for Pennsylvania, where they were appointed by the Executive Council, and Maryland, where they were named by the governor with the consent of the Council. Judges served fixed terms in all states except South Carolina which based tenure “during pleasure” of the legislature, and in all states judges could be impeached and removed from office at any time. Despite dependency upon other branches, the idea of a detached judicial authority took hold.

Persons who decided to adhere to Great Britain faced ostracism, confinement, civil disabilities, and, on rare occasion, death. The easiest way to avoid detection and punishment was to take the patriot loyalty oath, which could be rationalized as a temporary expedient. If willing to keep to themselves, giving an appearance of being neutral and not aiding the enemy in any way, loyalists experienced relative unmolestation. For overt committal to the British cause there was but little recourse than to flee behind British lines or go into exile.

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