Many loyalists moved to England after the war ended. A lot of them lost their fortunes and land that they had built up over years in the Americas. In some cases the British government paid them for their loyalty, but it was usually not nearly as much as they had lost. The United States government wanted the loyalists to stay. They felt the new country could use their skills and education. Few stayed, however.
Argumentative essay topic: Would you have joined the Loyalist or Patriots during the Revolutionary War?
Throughout our unit of study students will have analyzed numerous source documents relating to the events leading up to and that took place during the revolutionary war. Students will use source documents to compare and contrast the positive and negative aspects that could be a result of aligning with a specific side. Students will be asked to cite textual evidence as they complete a t-chart entitled “The Pros and Cons of Picking a Side”. After completing the t-chart students will highlight the positive (pros) of these events. For the higher level students they will place the events in order by level of importance providing reasoning and justification to why they have placed the events in that order.
OSF: Positive things that were a direct result of aligning with the (loyalist of patriots) were ________________, _______________ and _______________.
OSF: Negative things that were a direct result of aligning with the (loyalist of patriots) ________________, _______________ and _______________.