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Title: "McIntosh, Otis & Adams Are Our Demagogues": Nathaniel Coffin and the Loyalist Interpretation of the Origins of the American Revolution
Author(s): Nicolson, Colin
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Keywords: American Revolution
Nathaniel Coffin
Massachusetts Friends of Government
imperial crisis 1765-76
Boston Counter-Revolution
United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
American loyalists
Boston (Mass) Politics and government
Issue Date: 1996
Date Deposited: 14-Jan-2011
Citation: Nicolson C (1996) "McIntosh, Otis & Adams Are Our Demagogues": Nathaniel Coffin and the Loyalist Interpretation of the Origins of the American Revolution. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 108, pp. 72-114.
Abstract: This article is a case study of proto-Loyalist ideology and political behaviour in Massachusetts before the American Revolution. It is based on the correspondence of Nathaniel Coffin of Boston, hitherto unused by historians of the Revolution. Coffin's proximity to both Whigs and Friends of Government provides informed insights into pre-revolutionary politics that help explain the non-emergence of a Loyalist counter-revolutionary movement. The appendix provides summary data on Loyalist counter-revolutionary activity in Massachusetts, 1775-76.
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