Lecture: Unfriendly to Liberty: Loyalist Networks and the Coming of the American Revolution in New York City

September 13, 2023
29 Warburton Ave. Yonkers, NY 10701
Unfriendly to Liberty: Loyalist Networks and the Coming of the American Revolution in New York City
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
7:00 PM | In-person at PMH and Online via WebEx

Most histories of the American Revolution focus on those who became “patriots,” or revolutionaries. The standard narrative tracks their activism from the mid-1760s until the Battles of Lexington and Concord. This story, however, misunderstands and omits the importance of those who became loyalists in the American Revolution. Many, if not most, future loyalists opposed the British Parliament’s reorientation of the British Empire—just like those who became patriots. This talk will focus on a group of New Yorkers who became loyalists and document their paths to the American Revolution. In doing so, it will challenge traditional understandings of not only loyalists but also the coming of the American Revolution, the origins of American political practice, and the history of New York City.

Speaker Bio:

Christopher F. Minty is an editor at the Center for Digital Editing the University of Virginia. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Stirling.

In-person tickets:

Seating is limited. Call 914-965-4027 or email sarah.johnson@parks.ny.gov to reserve your spot. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, pay at the door. Doors open at 6:45 PM. Museum open 10 am to 5 pm.

Virtual Tickets:

Virtual attendance via WebEx is free, but registration is required. Use the link below to register for virtual.

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