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PVSC ONE-DAY ZOOM EVENT Tuesday May 18, 2021 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET - Patriot, Loyalist, Pragmatist: Allegiance and Neutrality in the Shadow of Fort George
PVSC One-Day Event on Zoom
Tuesday May 18, 2021 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET
Patriots and Loyalists are familiar actors in the American Revolution. Yet, scholars have long held that most colonists were inclined towards moderation, and many wished to remain neutral. Still, Neutrals have received scant attention in Revolutionary scholarship. In this presentation, Ms. Stevens will discuss the meanings of allegiance and neutrality which were particularly contested in the Maine-Nova Scotia borderlands region. Ideological sentiment was just one factor that determined an individual’s position during the American Revolution. Lived experiences and circumstances on the ground were powerful influencers. This presentation examines the ways different inhabitants responded to the arrival of British troops to Bagaduce (now the Castine area) in 1779 and how they lived in the shadow of Fort George for the remainder of the Revolution.
(Event is free for current members of PVSC. Members of other Maine Senior Colleges-call 207-659-1359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.)
Darcy Stevens is a Ph. D. history student at the University of Maine. Her research focuses on neutrality and allegiance during the American Revolution and the Maine-Nove Scotia borderlands region. Darcy is originally from Kansas, but she hopes to make Maine her forever home.