Who were those “Sons of Liberty”? How did they get started and what, exactly, were they up to in the years preceeding the American Revolution? Did their actions attract more people to the rebel cause or turn them away? This very question would split the NY Liberty Boys into two camps, their leaders sworn enemies!.. read more →

It’s the Patriotic Barber of NY, or the Captain in the Suds! Upon learning that his customer is an officer in the King’s army, the Patriotic Barber kicks him out of his shop, half shaved, with his wig still removed. A hero to the Sons of Liberty! But wait, look at the face of the.. read more →

The Tragedy of Elizabeth Franklin 😢 Benjamin Franklin’s Daughter-in-Law One of the things we don’t learn much about in school is the way families were divided during the American Revolution. We’re taught an image of the “good guys” as patriots and the “bad guys” as loyalists. But what about brothers or fathers and sons who fought.. read more →

New York: The Scoff and Wonder of America!  😳 Or, everyone hates New York. The love/hate relationship between New York and the rest of America is nothing new. By the time of the American Revolution it was in full swing, with the city frequently taking actions that outraged our upstate and colonial neighbors. Here are.. read more →

The End of the World As We Know It! 💣 April 23, 1775 – New York City Wall Street, 1774 click image to enlarge Sunday, August 23, 1775, started out as any other Sunday in New York. The residents of the island were up early and off to their respective houses of worship for services. Families.. read more →

Famous for Being Famous! ♥ Peggy Shippen of Philadelphia Margaret, Peggy Shippen was born in 1760 in Philadelphia to a wealthy family that became politically divided during the Revolutionary War. (The town of “Shippensburg” was named for the Shippen family.) Her father, Edward Shippen, was a Loyalist leaning judge and member of the Pennsylvania Provincial.. read more →

We’re on the Same Side! Loyalist Treatment Under Military Occupation in NYC Tories and Loyalists A fascinating part of the American Revolution that we seldom hear about is the loyalist or tory experience. We grow up thinking they were the enemies of freedom. They were wealthy and corrupt supporters of the King scheming against the.. read more →