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From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens: The DePeyster Family of New York by Valerie H. McKito (review)

From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens: The DePeyster Family of New York by Valerie H. McKito (review) 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 ’s immensely popular Liberty’s Exiles tracks the fortunes of some 60,000 Tory refugees who fled the independent states and filtered 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 significant 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 (1758–1834), a prominent Tory who served as an officer 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens: The DePeyster Family of New York by Valerie H. McKito (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 37 (4) – Oct 31, 2017

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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 ’s immensely popular Liberty’s Exiles tracks the fortunes of some 60,000 Tory refugees who fled the independent states and filtered 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 significant 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 (1758–1834), a prominent Tory who served as an officer 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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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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