The disaffected : Britain's occupation of Philadelphia during the American Revolution / Aaron Sullivan.
- Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 
- Early American studies.
Early American studies
vi, 296 pages ; 24 cm.
- American Revolution (1775-1783)
Philadelphia Campaign (1777-1778)
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Conscientious objectors.
Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Social aspects.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
Politics and government.
Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
- "Aaron Sullivan explores the British occupation of Philadelphia, chronicling the experiences of a group of people who were pursued, pressured, and at times persecuted, not because they chose the wrong side of the Revolution but because they tried not to choose a side at all. For these people, the war was neither a glorious cause to be won nor an unnatural rebellion to be suppressed, but a dangerous and costly calamity to be navigated with care. Both the Patriots and the British referred to this group as "the disaffected," perceiving correctly that their defining feature was less loyalty to than a lack of support for either side in the dispute, and denounced them as opportunistic, apathetic, or even treasonous. Sullivan shows how Revolutionary authorities embraced desperate measures in their quest to secure their own legitimacy, suppressing speech, controlling commerce, and mandating military service. In 1778, without the Patriots firing a shot, the king's army abandoned Philadelphia and the perceived threat from neutrals began to decline—as did the coercive and intolerant practices of the Revolutionary regime.-- Provided by publisher.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Athenaeum copy: Gemmill fund bookplate.
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