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Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
By Maya Jasanoff. ISBN 978-1-4000-4168-8. Copyright 2011. Hardcover with 460 pages including bibliography, index, 15 black and white maps, with an additional 8 pages of color illustrations.
Winner of the 2012 George Washington Book Prize.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction.
When the last of the British troops exited New York City on November 25 1783, sixty -thousand British loyalists decided to leave their homes and become refugees elsewhere in the British Empire. Liberty's Exiles re-creates the journeys of some of these individuals including Elizabeth Johnston, a young mother from Georgia who spent many years as a migrant searching for a home in Britain, Jamaica and Canada; David George, a black preacher who was born in slavery and led his followers to Sierra Leone; and Mohawk leader Joseph Brant who resettled his people under British protection in Ontario. As the loyalists dispersed, they carried an enduring American influence on the wider British world.