Patriots vs Loyalists notes - Patriots vs Loyalists notes Patriots and Loyalists 1 The War of Independence was a war within a war 1 Colonials loyal to

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Patriots vs Loyalists notes 1. Patriots and Loyalists 1. The War of Independence was a war within a war 1.1. Colonials loyal to the king (Loyalists) fought the American rebels (Patriots), while the rebels also fought the British redcoats; Loyalists were derisively called “Tories,” after the dominant political faction in Britain, whereas Patriots were called “Whigs” 1.2. A popular definition of a Tory among the bitter Patriots: “A Tory is a thing whose head is in England, and its body in America, and its neck ought to be stretched 2. Like many revolutions, the American Revolution was a minority movement; many colonists were apathetic or neutral; the opposing forces contended not only against each other but also for the allegiance and support of the civilian population 2.1. The British military proved able to control only those areas where it could maintain a massive military presence; often lacking bayonets but loaded with political zeal, the ragtag militia

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