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Generous Enemies: Patriots And Loyalists In Revolutionary New York
by Judith L Van Buskirk
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2002
Category: Non-fictionDutch/ColonialPolitics
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During the seven years of British occupation that spanned the American Revolution, communities conventionally depicted as hostile opponents were, in fact, in frequent contact. "In this wonderfully well-written book, Van Buskirk unearths a wealth of archival material to construct a compelling social history of a city at war. But instead of finding tales of bloodshed and betrayal, she finds that family bonds trumped partisan causes, personal concerns triumphed over political ideology, and commercial interests overrode military strategy. The lines between contending forces were porous, and the texture of everyday life in the city was much more complicated, she writes, than historians, and the public alike, have admitted."--

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