True History of the American Rebellion

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to revisit the true history of the American Revolution — or, more accurately, the American Rebellion — which hinges on some little-discussed factors:

  • Why do the American loyalists share a nickname with a British political party? Is this just a coincidence, or does it imply some kind of weird alliance? And what is on the other side of said alliance? If the loyalists are called Tories, why does no one call the Patriots Whigs?
  • By coincidence, two of the leading British generals, Howe and Cornwallis, were Whigs — in fact, Whig MPs.

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