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Author Jasanoff, Maya, 1974-

Title Liberty's exiles : American loyalists in the revolutionary world / Maya Jasanoff.

Imprint New York : Vintage Books, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    973.3 JAS    Available
Edition 1st Vintage Books ed.
Description xvi, 460 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-437) and index.
Contents Refugees. Civil war -- An unsettling peace -- A new world disorder -- Settlers. The heart of empire -- A world in the wilderness -- Loyal Americans -- Subjects. Islands in a storm -- False refuge -- Promised land -- Empires of liberty -- Conclusion: losers and founders.
Summary This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond. At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. Liberty's Exiles tells their story. This surprising new account of the founding of the United States and the shaping of the post-revolutionary world traces extraordinary journeys like the one of Elizabeth Johnston, a young mother from Georgia, who led her growing family to Britain, Jamaica, and Canada, questing for a home; black loyalists such as David George, who escaped from slavery in Virginia and went on to found Baptist congregations in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone; and Mohawk Indian leader Joseph Brant, who tried to find autonomy for his people in Ontario. Ambitious, original, and personality-filled, this book is at once an intimate narrative history and a provocative analysis that changes how we see the revolution's "losers" and their legacies. - Publisher.
Subject American loyalists -- History.
Exiles -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Exiles -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Refugees -- United States -- History.
Colonists -- United States -- History.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Refugees.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Social aspects.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Influence.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9781400075478 (pbk.)
1400075475 (pbk.)

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