OVERRIDE

Divided Loyalties

How the American Revolution Came to New York

Richard M. Ketchum

Henry Holt and Co.

Before the Civil War splintered the young country, there was another conflict that divided friends and family-the Revolutionary War

Prior to the French and Indian War, the British government had taken little interest in their expanding American empire. Years of neglect had allowed America's fledgling democracy to gain power, but by 1760 America had become the biggest and fastest-growing part of the British economy, and the mother country required tribute.

When the Revolution came to New York City, it tore apart a community that was already riven by deep-seated family, political, religious, and economic antagonisms. Focusing on a number of individuals, Divided Loyalties describes their response to increasingly drastic actions taken in London by a succession of the king's ministers, which finally forced people to take sides and decide whether they would continue their loyalty to Great Britain and the king, or cast their lot with the American insurgents.

Using fascinating detail to draw us into history's narrative, Richard M. Ketchum explains why New Yorkers with similar life experiences-even members of the same family-chose different sides when the war erupted.

REVIEWS

Praise for Divided Loyalties

"An exemplary work of popular history." -The Washington Post Book World

"Ketchum is a vivid storyteller. He weaves a complex but forceful narrative web from many diaries and memoirs . . . a dynamic story." -The New York Times Book Review

"Magnificent . . . Ketchum's lively narrative offers readers insights into the tension, fear, patriotism and loyalty that marked the beginnings of the American Revolution." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Richard M. Ketchum

  • Richard M. Ketchum is the author of the Revolutionary War classics Decisive Day: The Battle for Bunker Hill (0-8050-6099-5), Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton (0-8050-6098-7), and Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War (0-8050-6123-1). He and his wife live on a sheep farm in Vermont.
BACK

COMMUNITY

TheHistoryReader.com

    MORE BLOG POSTS
    BACK

    BUY THE BOOK

    Available Formats and Book Details

    Divided Loyalties

    How the American Revolution Came to New York

    Richard M. Ketchum

    • e-Book

    BACK