REVIEWS Military Service in the Revolutionary War (Charlottesville, VA, 2004), and is currently researching the American Revolution in the Southeast. From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens: The DePeyster Family of New York. By Valerie H. McKito. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015. Pp. 248. Paper, $24.95.) Reviewed by Brett Palfreyman What happened to the loyalists after they lost the American Revolution? Maya Jasanoff âs immensely popular Libertyâs Exiles tracks the fortunes of some 60,000 Tory refugees who ï¬ed the independent states and ï¬ltered out to Canada, England, the Caribbean, and other remaining outposts of the British Empire.1 But could such onetime enemies ever return to the homes they had forsaken? Would homesick exiles ever be reaccepted back into societies that considered them apostates and betrayers? In at least one signiï¬cant case, according Valerie McKito, the answer was a resounding yes. From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens is a multi-generational family biography of the DePeysters of New York, focusing in particular on Frederick DePeyster (1758â1834), a prominent Tory who served as an ofï¬cer in the British Army during the Revolution, spent ten years in exile in Canada, and then returned to New York in 1793 where he managed to
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