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A View of Federal Hall of the City of New York, engraved by Sidney Z. Lucas, after Holland, 1932. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Gibby, 1984.

Hear from historian Christopher F. Minty, author of Unfriendly to Liberty: Loyalist Networks and the Coming of the American Revolution in New York City

Minty's new book explores the origins of loyalism in New York City between 1768 and 1776, and revises our understanding of the coming of the American Revolution.

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About the Book

Through detailed analyses of those who became loyalists, Minty argues that would-be loyalists came together long before Lexington and Concord to form an organized, politically motivated, and inclusive political group that was centered around the DeLancey faction. Following the DeLanceys' election to the New York Assembly in 1768, these men, elite and nonelite, championed an inclusive political economy that advanced the public good, and they strongly protested Parliament's reorientation of the British Empire.

For New York loyalists, it was local politics, factions, institutions, and behaviors that governed their political activities in the build up to the American Revolution. By focusing on political culture, organization, and patterns of allegiance, Unfriendly to Liberty shows how the contending allegiances of loyalists and patriots were all but locked in place by 1775 when British troops marched out of Boston to seize caches of weapons in neighboring villages.

Indeed, local political alignments that were formed in the imperial crises of the 1760s and 1770s provided a critical platform for the divide between loyalists and patriots in New York City. Political and social disputes coming out of the Seven Years' War, more than republican radicalization in the 1770s, forged the united force that would make New York City a center of loyalism throughout the American Revolution.

About the Author

Christopher F. Minty is an editor at the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Virginia and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He received both his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Stirling in Scotland. He previously served as a Bernard and Irene Schwartz fellow at the New-York Historical Society and Eugene Lang College, The New School; as assistant editor of the Adams Papers Editorial Project; and managing editor of the John Dickinson Writings Project.

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