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From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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Starting in 1775, white Patriots fought a series of savage guerrilla wars, not only against redcoats, Indians, and their own slaves, but against Loyalist whites. Yet with peace in 1783, white Loyalists and Patriots rapidly reconciled. Rebecca Brannon s effort to unravel that paradox is wonderfully provocative. Woody Holton, Peter and Bonnie McCausland Professor of History, University of South Carolina<br \><br \> This highly original study reconstructs an American Revolution that most historians ignore. At the end of the conflict and with memories of Loyalist violence still fresh, South Carolina s patriot leaders supported reconciliation with former enemies over revenge. Brannon s impressive work helps explain the remarkable transition from wartime chaos to political stability. T.H. Breen, author of American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People<br \><br \> Rebecca Brannon analyzes in impressive detail and with unique insight the importance of extra-legal mechanisms by which local communities moved rapidly towards forgiveness and reconciliation. South Carolina provides the exemplary case whereby early national citizenship was forged through the capacity to forgive and forget. Philip Gould, Brown University<br \><br \> Rebecca Brannon addresses a subject that preoccupied an earlier generation of historians, namely South Carolina s policy of leniency towards former loyalists following years of British occupation and bloody civil war. Focusing primarily on loyalists who remained in the state, she offers a fresh, comparative approach to the history of South Carolina in the Revolutionary Era. Rachel N. Klein, University of California, San Diego --1
"Rebecca Brannon's work probes the fate of American loyalists who quietly and stubbornly remained in the new republic at the end of the war. Her analytical reach and imaginative research create an extraordinary book. She uncovers how and why South Carolina s patriots generously forgave their neighbor-loyalists after enduring a bloody and violent civil war. Her sensitive examination of loyalist decision making as well as loyalist reintegration tell us something unfamiliar and deeply meaningful about the revolutionaries." Ruma Chopra, associate professor of history, San José State University --2
Brannon s compelling account of the reintegration of South Carolina s loyalists in post-war America deftly explains the inexplicable. It details the process by which inhabitants of a state torn apart by civil war bowed to a combination of economic imperatives and the very human desire to reestablish emotional ties, leading them ultimately to forgive and forget. Sheila Skemp, Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of American History, University of Mississippi --3
About the Author
Rebecca Brannon is an assistant professor of history at James Madison University. Brannon graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. She lives with her spouse and son in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.