Name: Duong Le
Date: February 19
Loyalists and Traitors in American Revolution
American history has traditionally considered loyalists as traitors and American patriots as heroes during American Revolutionary War. As the history had written, loyalists or “Tories” as their opponents called them, were traitors during American Revolutionary War. However, is it moral when American patriots called those people are traitors while they betrayed the people who first discovered America, which is the British? This essay will focus on connection between loyalist and traitor; the essay will first define the meaning of loyalist and traitor during American Revolutionary War and thereafter will compare a contrast with Joseph Brant and Benedict Arnold. The conclusion will focus on the argument between loyalist and traitor, and whether Joseph Brant or Benedict Arnold was a traitor. In June 1775, the First Continental Congress declared that anyone who does such as provisioning the British army, saying anything that undermined patriot morale, and discouraging men from enlisting in the Continental army is a traitor (Roark, 2009, p168). Base on this definition, traitors are people who remained loyal to the Great Britain. Not everyone agrees, however some people stayed loyal to the British crown, because they were conservative, most commonly, loyalists were wealthy, well educated conservative people who supported continued British authority in order to maintain domestic stability and their current standard of living. Moreover, loyalists always consider themselves morally and better than the colonists. Others stayed loyal to the British crown because they were slave, the reason they joined the British side because the King of British promised to give them freedom and enslaved them, “southern slaves had their own resentments against the white slave-owning class and looked to Britain in hope of freedom” (Roark, 2009, p165). Others still stayed loyal to the Britain because they...
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