HIST 116: The American Revolution
Lecture 09 - Who Were the Loyalists? The lecture first concludes the discussion of the First Continental Congress, which met in 1774. Ultimately, although its delegates represented a range of opinions,
the voices of the political radicals in the Congress were the loudest. In October 1774, the Continental Congress passed both the radical Suffolk Resolves and the Declaration and Resolves, which laid out
the colonists' grievances with Parliament. The Congress also sent a petition to the King which warned him that the British Parliament was stripping the American colonists of their rights as English citizens.
Given such radical measures, by early 1775, many American colonists were choosing sides in the growing conflict, and many chose to be Loyalists. Professor Freeman concludes her lecture with a discussion of
the varied reasons why different Loyalists chose to support the British Crown, and what kinds of people tended to be Loyalists in the American Revolution.
|Lecture 09 - Who Were the Loyalists?|
|[00:00:00]||1. Introduction: The Loyalists|
|[00:01:32]||2. Radical Voices in the First Continental Congress: The Grand Council and the Suffolk Resolves|
|[00:17:23]||3. Deliberations over Declaration and Resolves, and the Impact of the Continental Association|
|[00:27:49]||4. Taking Sides: The King's Friends, or the Loyalists|
|[00:37:53]||5. Loyalist Demographics|
|Lecture 9 - Who Were the Loyalists?
Instructor: Professor Joanne Freeman. Transcript [html]. Audio [mp3]. Download Video [mov].
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