For Constitution Week 2021, let's take a look at those who didn't want to succeed from Britain. Not everyone supported the Declaration of Independence, and not everyone living in the colonies wanted to fight a revolution. What did those loyalists do when war broke out, and how did they integrate into America once the war was won?
Join us for a talk by Dr. Rebecca Brannon. Rebecca Brannon is an associate professor of early American history at James Madison University. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her first book, From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of South Carolina Loyalists, came out in 2016 from University of South Carolina Press. It won the 2016 George C. Rogers Jr. Award for the best book of the year in South Carolina history. The Journal of the American Revolution also named it to their 100 Best Books on the American Revolution list. She has also co-edited a collection of essays entitled The Consequences of Loyalism: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon (2019).
She is currently working on a book about the Founding Fathers and their experiences with old age. Her new work on aging and masculinity has already received fellowship support including from the Massachusetts Historical Society, Yale’s Historical Medical Library, and the The International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. She has also appeared on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and on C-SPAN’s “Lectures in American History.” Find more about Dr. Brannon online at JMU or her personal website.