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Col. William Marsh Vermont Patriot and Loyalist Paperback – October 26, 2013
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The book will be valued by those interested in New England migrations from CT to NY and Vermont, the revolutionary period and the tensions between patriots, the British and French to gain the support of the settlers in what became Vermont.
The overlapping territorial designation of the New England Provinces and New York is the underlying basis of the story.
The New England Settlers who found themselves in the middle of the legal battle received a quick education relative to the applied differences between the cultural, political, and organizational differences between New England and New York. The biggest difference to a new England farmer, with the tradition of farming on his own land, was the New York system of land ownership which concentrated ownership in a relative few landowning families who provided land leases to tenant farmers. This throw back to the middle ages was unacceptable to the resident farmers of Vermont.
The politics of the American Revolution and the Continental Congress whose biggest task was the keeping the colonies together required its backing of the integrity of New York State in this matter. Thus was created the dilemma of the subject of the story, tough not a royalists in any sense of the word, the looking to the King as the protector of the rights of the settlers was an alternative to submission to New York and losses associated with that submission.
The book serves as reminder that the American Revolution led to the founding of two separate nations – The United States and Canada- and cultural basis of each in large part is the same.
Myself with a family interest in genealogy and with both patriot and UEL ancestors (originally from Vermont), I could not put the book down.
Jack & Nancy Soper
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Work, Jennifer and Wilson! Congratulations on writing such a wonderful book on the Marsh family. You have preserved a lot of history.Published on December 23, 2013 by Kenneth Macleod
This is a very interesting part of Vermont history which is not widely known. The authors have done excellent research.Published on December 10, 2013 by Macm
Accuracy, thorough, attention to detail.
Well written, could hardly put it down.
Great incite as to the various events leading up to the wars.