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Patriots and Loyalists


By some estimates, as many as one-third of all American colonists remained loyal to Britain during America’s struggle for independence. Some Loyalists (or Tories as they were called by the Revolutionaries) sought refuge from Patriot wrath by fleeing to Canada or England; those who remained faced reprisals, punitive laws, and even confiscation of their property. Immerse your students in the difficult and dangerous life of the Loyalists with this rich assortment of primary source documents, ranging from official government proclamations and acts to broadsides, song lyrics, and political cartoons. Historian: Richard Pandich. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

Support Materials

  • Illustrated Broadsheet Essay
  • Timeline
  • Critical Thinking Questions
  • Recommended Reading List

Historical Documents

  • Proclamation of Governor Earl Dunmore of Virginia, November 7, 1775
  • Patrick Henry’s warning about Governor Dunmore’s Proclamation, November 20, 1775
  • The Tory Act, published by order of the Continental Congress, January 2, 1776
  • List of American Loyalist prisoners at New York, July 1, 1776
  • Extract from the minutes of the Continental Congress offering pardons to Loyalists, April 23, 1778
  • Depositions of three men about how they were treated by Loyalists, 1782
  • “A Tory Medley,” 178?
  • British political cartoons depicting the imagined fate of Loyalists, 1783

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