Even as opposition to Great Britain built in the American colonies in 1775 and 1776, many colonists remained loyal to the British crown. Who were the Loyalists? Why did they oppose independence? In this lesson, students seek answers to these questions by sourcing, contextualizing, and corroborating two documents written by Loyalists.
Image: Illustration of tarring and feathering published in London in 1774. From the Library of Congress.