7/06/2019

1776: The Loyalists’ Perspective

"Students of American history (whether or not they have been to the musical theater) who want to learn more about Seabury and his Loyalist brethren have a fine new resource. It is Gregg Frazer’s God against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy’s Case against the American Revolution. In fact there has been a resurgence of writing about the Loyalists in recent years. Studies by Maya Jasanoff and Ruma Chopra have done much to situate Loyalists in the revolutionary moment. Frazer adds to this literature with a very specific goal: He wants to present, in a clear and logical way, the arguments made by Loyalist clergy. This affects the book’s organization. Chapters develop not chronologically but according to Frazer’s organization of the Loyalists’ arguments. He aims to let these speak for themselves as much as possible.

The author insists that the Loyalists were not simplistic; that their ideology was robust, not shallow; and that they were not primarily motivated by fear. Instead, the Loyalist clergy are depicted as loving America so much that they wanted to warn the colonies in a clear and coherent way of the dangers of rebelling against Great Britain."