Battle of Yorktown, Virginia 1781

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This portfolio is a Clio II assignment for the Spring 2015 semester.  The goal of this portfolio is go show progress in building a digital project from scratch.  Throughout the course we will be learning how to create a home page, experiment with different typographies and type sets, digitize and restore images, as well as create a final digital project that reflects my dissertation research.  This portfolio page will constantly be under construction until the end of the semster.  So don't judge me!

Sources in Loyalism

The narrative of Virginia loyalists have been lost to history for this reason. Without a plethora of period newspaper articles citing attacks, or stories of interactions between loyalists and patriots, Virginia's loyalists has been forgotten. It is as if Virginia's Revolutionary Whigs achieved their goal of exceptionalism, convincing not only other states in the era that loyalism did not exist in Virginia, but also modern-day historians.

All of the studies and ultimately our understanding of the meaning of the Revolution and War for Independence in Virginia are deeply flawed because they do not contain this crucial element of loyalism in the state. In order to have a complete understanding of the place Virginia held in the Revolution, we must add its loyalists back into the picture or that image will remain incomplete. 2

  1. Revolutionary Versus Loyalist, Leslie F.S. Upton, 1965
  2. Victims of Liberty: Loyalists and Loyalism in Revolutionary Virginia, 1765-1781, Stephanie Anne Seal, MA Thesis 2013