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Writing Through the American Revolution: The Correspondence of Myles Cooper

  • Presented By: New York State Library Location: Online
  • Dates: January 28, 2021
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    King's College president Myles Cooper fled Manhattan in the spring of 1775, fearing for his life. Denigrated as a "Tory" for his actions against and attitudes toward American resistance, Cooper boarded a vessel and soon sailed for Britain. Eventually settling in Edinburgh, Cooper maintained an active correspondence with his loyalist friends and colleagues in New York. This talk will focus on that correspondence, offering new insights into loyalists' attitudes on various aspects of the American Revolutionary War.

    Dr. Christopher Minty is a historian of early America. He specialized in the history of Revolutionary America, the Early Republic, loyalism in the Atlantic world, New York City, John Dickinson and the Adams Family of Massachusetts.

    Dr. Peter Walker is a Professor of History at the University of Wyoming. His areas of research are on early modern Britain, the British Empire, and the Atlantic World, with particular interests in religion, empire, and revolution. He is editing, with Dr. Christopher Minty, a book-length documentary edition of the correspondence of the loyalist refugee Myles Cooper.

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