Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Richard Overfield


In order to understand the causes of the American Revolution through the eyes of a New England Tory, an examination of the conditions which made a Tory is necessary. A Tory, or a Loyalist, was a person who remained loyal to the British government during the American Revolution. More generally, a Tory usually desired the maintenance of the established government, especially during the time of a revolution. Thus, persons who remained loyal to George III, supported the British government, and later went into exile for their beliefs were Tories.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1970, Connie J. McCann

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