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Praetorianus October 27th, 2013 2:59am

Hypothetical, historical, closer to the vest this time. It's 1776, and you are a settler in New England. Independence declared, war breaks. Would you have stayed loyal to the Crown or joined the revolutionary war?

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cowboy Here and There
10/28/13 6:13 am

I'm an American patriot.

jms in the middle of Nowhere
10/27/13 10:31 pm

My ancestors were traitors to the crown!!!

skinner Wisconsin
10/27/13 6:20 am

I probably would have stayed neutral until the battle of Trenton or maybe Boston's occupation. Then I would join the Minutemen

impetus ok who knows the way out
10/27/13 5:13 am

I would of stayed sidelined like many others until they affected my family personally and then I would of revolted. I think many are revolutionaries at heart but unwilling to act until the home front has been attacked. I believe England could of

impetus ok who knows the way out
10/27/13 5:15 am

Much easier have came in and gently and mildly persuaded and through attrition had won the war if the had stayed out of individual publics backdoor and pocket book.

impetus ok who knows the way out
10/27/13 5:16 am

If they had given a bit more leniency their May have been a chance we would still be under British rule

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
10/26/13 10:10 pm

In New England I'd be a revolutionary. In Virginia I'd probably be a loyalist. However, to be fair, I'd be in chains wherever I am.

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
10/26/13 9:40 pm

New England? I'd have been in the revolution probably. in the south I would have probably stayed neutral

Skarface Banned
10/26/13 9:10 pm

I would've stayed neutral. If that failed, I'd probably join the patriots, simply because loyalists were often hanged or burnt to death.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/26/13 9:30 pm

If I had seen that coming, Canada here I come.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/26/13 8:02 pm

Without hindsight, at that time, I would have preferred what I would have perceived as stability and been a Tory.

TerryQuinn Stardust
10/26/13 10:08 pm

Most people probably didn't want war until it became clear Brits were being completely unreasonable and treating colonists as beneath them. Taxation without representation might have worked if they passed reasonable laws.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/26/13 8:01 pm

I'd most definitely be a secessionist.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/26/13 8:03 pm

In both cases, revolutionary war and civil war?

Liberty 4,032,064
10/26/13 8:05 pm

North Carolina seceded because the federal government demanded that we send soldiers to go kill Virginians. I'd make the same decision.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/26/13 8:07 pm

In the war between the states, I would have been a secessionist.