TITLE: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
SPEAKER: Maya Jasanoff
EVENT DATE: 03/24/2011
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
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On Nov. 25, 1783, the last British troops pulled out of New York City, bringing the American Revolution to an end. Patriots celebrated their departure and the confirmation of U.S. independence. But for tens of thousands of American loyalists, the British evacuation spelled worry, not jubilation. Maya Jasanoff discusses the plight of these exiles in place in her new book.
Speaker Biography: Maya Jasanoff was educated at Harvard, Cambridge and Yale and is currently an associate professor of history at Harvard University. Her first book, "Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850," was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications, including The Economist, The Guardian and The Sunday Times of London. She has recently been a fellow of the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center, the New York Public Library and the American Council of Learned Societies and has contributed essays to the London Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books.
SERIES: Books & Beyond