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?
I'm an American patriot.
My ancestors were traitors to the crown!!!
I probably would have stayed neutral until the battle of Trenton or maybe Boston's occupation. Then I would join the Minutemen
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
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.
If they had given a bit more leniency their May have been a chance we would still be under British rule
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.
New England? I'd have been in the revolution probably. in the south I would have probably stayed neutral
I would've stayed neutral. If that failed, I'd probably join the patriots, simply because loyalists were often hanged or burnt to death.
If I had seen that coming, Canada here I come.
Without hindsight, at that time, I would have preferred what I would have perceived as stability and been a Tory.
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.
I'd most definitely be a secessionist.
In both cases, revolutionary war and civil war?
North Carolina seceded because the federal government demanded that we send soldiers to go kill Virginians. I'd make the same decision.
In the war between the states, I would have been a secessionist.