and the American Revolution
Adams thought that a third of the colonists supported the Revolution,
a third remained loyal to Britain, and a third was
undecided or neutral. The popular songs of the Revolutionary
reflect a deep divided within the colonial population.
were those Americans who affirmed Britain's authority over the
colonies. Although revolutionaries vilified them as elitists who
personally benefited from British colonial rule, many were genuinely
commitment to maintaining a colonial bond with the mother country.
Not only did loyalists risk their lives and property in opposing
the Revolution, but at the end of the conflict 80,000 or more
chose to go into exile. Among these were many ordinary farmers,
artisans, and shopkeepers, as well as several thousand African
Americans who migrated to Nova Scotia.
members of the Church of England were particularly likely to
remain loyal to the Crown,
many members of the more radical Protestant sects, including
the Mennonites, Quakers, and Methodists opposed the revolutionaries'
resort to violence. Many loyalists and feared the disruptive
of the revolutionary's radical ideology.
Activity 1: Compare a song, Yankee
Doodle and a poem, The Battle
of Bunker Hill.
2: Compare Loyalist and Revolutionary songs
one loyalist and one revolutionary ballad.
Analyze the songs' arguments and the differences in ideologies.
For more information, use the Primary
Source Tools such as the worksheet developed by the
Library of Congress, Thinking
About Songs as Historical Artifacts.
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