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By Bill Benson

Patriots vs. Loyalists


As the year 1776 unfolded, American colonists were confronted with the question of independence. Some favored it, others rejected it, and a third group remained uncommitted. 

This political question caused hard feelings between colonial Americans. More and more colonists were forced to take sides in this bitter conflict. Some chose. Some refused. Battle lines were drawn. The question divided families, communities, churches, schools, and local governments. 

Those who spoke out in favor of separating from England’s political system—some 30 to 40% of the population—took the name of Pat...

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