Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

Thomas B. Allen / Oct 22, 2019

Tories Fighting for the King in America s First Civil War 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

  • Title: Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War
  • Author: Thomas B. Allen
  • ISBN: 9780061241802
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, DavidFrom 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.

    Tories Fighting for the King in America s First Civil War Tories Fighting for the King in America s First Civil War Mr Thomas B Allen on FREE shipping on qualifying offers From historian Thomas B Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington Loyalist American Revolution Loyalists were American colonists who stayed loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolutionary War, often called Tories, Royalists, or King s Men at the time They were opposed by the Patriots, who supported the revolution, and called them persons inimical to the liberties of America Prominent Loyalists repeatedly assured the British government that many thousands of them would Conservative Party UK Origins The Conservative Party was founded in the s However some writers trace its origins to King Charles I in the s Other writers point to a faction, rooted in the th century Whig Party, that coalesced around William Pitt the Younger in the s They were known as Independent Whigs, Friends of Mr Pitt, or Pittites and never used terms such as Tory or Conservative. May fighting for survival as Tories join David Davis Theresa May fighting for survival as resigning David Davis slams her dangerous plan and Tory MPs battle over Brexit s show The Prime Minister faces the threat of a leadership contest after Did the Tories screw over new mother Jo Swinson on pairing Did the Tories screw over new mother Jo Swinson on pairing If so, things are going to get nasty PMQs May shows the Tories have nothing to offer in the The benefit of having Conservatives in local government is low cost, according to the Prime Minister But polling revealed that only per cent of London voters believed the party in control of their local council made much difference to the level of council tax they had to pay. Membership matters Are Lib Dems really ahead of the One of Vince Cable s stated aims as leader was to overtake the Tories in terms of party membership We knew that that was a reasonably tall order, as the last known figure for Tory membership The Life of General Francis Marion A The Life of General Francis Marion A Celebrated Partisan Officer, in the Revolutionary War, Against the British and Tories in South Carolina and Geo Brigadier General P Horry, Parson M L Weems Books Top Tories descend on Chequers in Brexit mirror Chequers Brexit summit Theresa May braced for ambush and resignations as top Tories descend on hour country showdown Top Tories have arrived at her th Century country retreat in their sleek Stories, Folklore, and Fairy Tales Theme Page CLN This CLN Theme Page has links to two types of resources related to the study of Stories, Folklore, and Fairy Tales Students and teachers will find curricular resources information, content to help them learn about this topic.

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        Thomas B Allen s writings range from articles for National Geographic Magazine to books on espionage and military history.He is the father of Roger MacBride Allen.


    1. "The [American and French Revolutions] are usually seen as diverging sharply. The Americans founded an enduring constitutional settlement on the separation of powers and the checks and balances of a federal system. The French plunged into any abyss of blood and fire, to emerge under the thumb of a military dictator crowned as emperor. The story, of course, is not actually that simple. France's decade of revolutionary strife was easily matched by the years of warfare in North America between the [...]

    2. My interest in this topic was from a wargame titled “Washington's War”. In that game political control of the colonies shifts based on how you use your resources and the game lets you place your control marker into various territories within each colony. Additionally, there are specific rules in which American Generals can convert spaces controlled by the British and those in which British armies can sway spaces controlled by the Americans. When I did more research on the forums for strategi [...]

    3. To be honestI probably would have been a Tory. I know myself well enough to know that I am afraid enough of change to have followed the Rebels to found a new country. When I read the blurb about this book, I knew I had to read it, and I was not disappointed. Allen is able to recreate the Revolutionary war, so we can see it in new light: that of a civil war. As Allen says, Americans "would call the Revolution a war between Americans and the British, losing from their collective memory the fact th [...]

    4. What a horrible time the Revolutionary War was. Allen makes the point that it was as much a civil war as a fight against the British. Loyalists generally saw themselves as British, and believed it was their duty to support their King. The British engaged Loyalists, Indians, slaves, Hessian mercenaries and anyone else they could find to quell the rebellion. Both sides engaged in treachery, murder, looting, atrocities. Our country's white population at the time of the Revolution was approx. 2.5M - [...]

    5. Thomas B. Allen presents the stories of everyday people who stayed loyal to the King during the American Revolution. Well known events and people are covered, but the “not famous” are center stage. The stories are arranged topically with a loose chronology.Allen presents his research (and that of family and friends- see the Acknowledgements) to describe loyalists (different from those whose careers depended on Great Britain) and what they contributed to their cause. For some Patriots this wa [...]

    6. This book was great for the perspective it gives to Americans interested in the history of the Revolutionary War. Most of us do not think about the people on the "other side" or the possibility that the war was more of a civil war instead of a revolutionary one. Most of us either don't think about or were not taught growing up that about a third of the American population at the time were Loyalists. And, although it was difficult at times, especially for someone who is very patriotic, reading ab [...]

    7. The first full-length treatment of Loyalism that I've read, "Tories" is a useful if dry book. Its broadest purpose is its only purpose: to report the conflicts between those who rebelled and those who remained loyal to England. That is a little too broad for my liking. There is no real analysis of the motivations and ideologies of Toryism beyond the vaguest notions of mere loyalty to the British crown; we are told in detail what the Tories did, but barely understand why the did it. So, the book [...]

    8. The recent popular history of the American Revolutionary era has largely neglected the role of the Tories – American colonists who remained faithful to the King. Allen’s work is a very well written and engaging attempt to explain the actions and many of the motivations of those who fought to remain loyal to King and nation. Allen does a fine job of showing how many were forced to choose sides in a conflict they did not want. The frontier lands: the interior of mid Atlantic, New England, the [...]

    9. What a sad story. The American Revolution seen as a civil war reveals betrayals, hesitations, hatreds, pointless bravery, cowardice rewarded, cruelty, and idealism. Throughout is the maddening uncertainty ruling the people who lived through the war. This book strings together a series of anecdotes into a tapestry of bewilderment and despair in which both Loyalists and Patriots come out at turns despicable and honorable.

    10. Allen's book adds nothing new to the study of loyalism during the American Revolution. Still the book is well written and has a grasp of recent historiography.

    11. My expectations might have been at fault here. I was expecting at least part of the book to examine why it was that some people chose Loyalism and why others chose Patriotism, rather than just a narrative history of the Loyalists' political and military activities from the early 1770s through the end of the war. Thomas Hutchinson is frequently mentioned in the early part of the book, but there's no consideration as to why this Loyalist who arguably was more responsible for the outbreak of the wa [...]

    12. So I did not finish this book. Usually I don't write a review if I haven't finished it but I think I actually got full value. The topic is fascinating and, like the author, I have been curious since grade school about the 1/3 of the colonial population who were described as being Loyalists. My secondary school history did not deal with them. Its a bit like "What happened to the Native Americans after Thanksgiving." The whole story was only 1/3 were Patriots, 1/3 were indifferent and 1/3 were Loy [...]

    13. Pretty interesting book, and the second one I've read about the Revolutionary War. (The first was 1776 by David McCullough) McCullough is a superb writer. Allen is a fair to middling writer but a good historian and popularizer. He makes the point that our first war was a really a civil war. I had no idea of number of Americans who called themselves Loyalists and didn't want to break away from the motherland. The fighting was ferocious, vicious, brutal, and unstopping. Good reading if you like hi [...]

    14. I'm going to move this to the 'read' pile, even though I'm still working on it, because it is a REALLY dense read. Deennnnnnnse. So probably for real history buffs rather than the casual reader. I'm on about page 200 and it's still 1775. Very interesting to see things from the other side (especially since that's 'my' side) but I'm going to have to come back to this in bits and pieces; impossible to read straight through.

    15. Not much of a conclusion and can drag on into minutia at times but it's a fascinating and well written account of a part of the Revolution I've never paid any attention to. No study or reading of the Revolutionary War should be complete without this.

    16. I recently found out that I have some ancestors who went back to England because of their Tory sympathies so I'm interested to start this book though I won't promise I'll finish it.

    17. Definitely brings a balanced perspective to what many of us learned in school. Thomas B. Allen is a renowned historical author for good reason. He has such a good balance of deeply researched material and highly readable narrative. This was a well rounded answer to many of my questions about the reality behind the sanitized rewrite that was in the history textbooks in school.An excerpt from the beginning and the end:From the Preface, after a discussion of Gallows Hill:"As that day on Gallows Hil [...]

    18. I was hoping for something to humanize the Tories and help me understand why they made the decisions they did, and how where they came from affected that. You know, the usual things you want to know while trying to understand a group of people. There is essentially none of that. Even Benedict Arnold, who features relatively prominently in the book, is left virtually unanalyzed. There's one sentence that says he considered himself a reincarnation of Monck, who changed sides and helped put Charles [...]

    19. Wow, I did not like this book at at all. I really had high hopes for it but it was a huge let down. I really wanted a book that went to why people stuck with the King over their rebel neighbors. I wanted to know what cities were most sympathetic to the Crown and why. I wanted to know more about Tories in general not so much individuals that I have never heard of. The problem with this book is that is provides no context, it's just stories about specific people that stay on the side of England. T [...]

    20. First, I think the author may have bit off a little too much. I think there are several more good books to come from this era. Most American citizens do not realize that the Revolution was truly a civil war. The Tories were as prevalent as the Patriots and they fought relentlessly. This book gives you a good flavor of that conflict. This was not just a war against the English!

    21. The central conceit of Allan's book on the 'American Revolution', is that it was in fact our first civil war. And it was every bit as uncivil - though not as deadly in absolute terms - as our later civil war.The Loyalists tended to be Anglicans, Catholics and Quakers, Highland Scots with familial Jacobite leanings, Dutch, Pennsylvania Germans, as well as Indians and freed slaves. They had (surprisingly to me!) an early presence in Boston, but their strongest bases of support were in Connecticut' [...]

    22. Thomas B. Allen casts the Revolutionary War as a savage and often deeply personal civil war, America's First. This is a history of a well-worn area, from another vantage point. Among the things I learned is that the Revolution produced one of the greatest and least known migrations in Western history. More than 80,000 Tories left America, most of them relocating to Canada for the same global politico-military reasons thousands of Acadians ("Cajuns") had been ousted.Also, this lament by British c [...]

    23. A humbling story and not for the faint of heart. I asked the question; How would one choose sides, Patriot or Tory viewed from the Jersey Shore, now having read the book this seems premature. Someone recommended I read "Tories" so here I am. The first question that needs to be addressed; What might have been my understanding of the conflict? British taxation was of course the issue but how would I have perceived this? What is the objective, what is to be achieved? There surely was an emotional r [...]

    24. Thomas Allen's book offers brilliant insight into the American Revolution. After my having studied history for the last 30 years, this book has made me profoundly reconsider what being a Patriot meant in that era. Traditional history downplays the conflict between Loyalists and Patriots. I had always thought that the Revolution was largely a fight between the British and the Patriots, with the Loyalists caught in between. After reading Allen's book, I now see I couldn't be more wrong. The level [...]

    25. Tories will give you a completely new perspective on the war that was the American Revolution. History teaches us the romantic version of those who fought for liberty. But, what if I told you not every colonist thought the English were bad? Tories is well researched with a clear prose. Mr. Allen pulls you into colonial America with an eye for detail. Using specific individuals who read more like characters out of a Ken Follett novel, Mr. Allen paints a story not of revolution, but of civil war. [...]

    26. Because of time constraints,and ideology, much is left out of American History as taught in our elementary and secondary schools. Part of that void can be filled by reading this book. Though most often portrayed as a war between Americans and British it was actually a civil war. The major cities, New York and Philadelphia were actually Loyalist strongholds. Loyalists (Tories) supported the King's forces by spying, guiding and providing food and supplies. Many fought beside the King's forces and [...]

    27. I admit to having no idea that this aspect of the Revolution existed on home soil. At times it painted a very violent, more realistic scenario of how the war took place. The amazing thing is that the two camps managed to assimilate after the conflict, even though some were obviously in Canada, Nova Scotia etc. A somewhat tragic and harsh view of how the actual Revolution was fought. Somewhat amazing that America managed to break away given all the factors against them.

    28. Decent book about a little-known part of the American Revolution and the people who didn't want to fight it, or who fought against it. Pretty wordy, a little too much play-by-play of the Revolution, yet sort of skimpy on details of exactly who the Tory individuals were, where they were from, how long they'd lived there, and where they ended up. Not my preferred style of writing, but worth looking into.

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