henry washington loyalist

Here some websites http://www.blackpast.org/aah/washington-henry-ca-1740-post-1801

Students will be assigned a side in the American Revolution (the Rebels/Patriots or Loyalists/Tories) and will write a 2-3 page paper from that perspective. Papers will include background information on a specific participant (assigned), primary sources that corroborate that position, and a response to the group exchange work in class. Students will answer a prompt in the paper, follow the rubric and should follow standard paper guidelines and MLA format (including citation and a Works Cited page). Papers will be turned into class and online by the due date. Points will be earned based upon the quality of research, support of arguments, the enthusiasm of approach to the assignment, and quality of work.

Initial Research:

Who, How, What (you already know what side, when, and where this took place)

Gather what information you can about your specific participant or if not that participant, then someone who was on the same side. Access the attached sources for your information or sources from the Library (not Wikipedia). Once you understand who your participant was, then work on how s/he participated in the Revolution, and why s/he took that particular side. Be sure to cite this information.

Primary Sources:

Begin locating primary source material (a minimum of two) about the side of the Revolution that s/he would support. You are looking for sources that may have either swayed your participant to a specific side or with which your participant would have been in agreement. You can use any of the documents from the textbooks or the approved sources (attached). Explain the significance of the source to your cause and be sure to cover how the primary source supports your argument for this side. You should include at least one quote from each source (cite all sources and quotes).


Students will need to come to class with a representation of their participant (copied from the internet or drawn) and display it for the other students. Students will join together with those of like-minds to share information and solidify arguments. Then students will be paired off with participants of the opposing side and have to make a case for why her/his side is more valid and in the best interest of Colonial America.


Take all of this information into account and write your paper. It should include some background information on the participant (or type of participant), the justification for the side taken, sources that support this viewpoint, and then a response about what it was like to both join with those of the same opinion and confront someone from the opposing side. Your conclusion will take into account all that you have learned from your research and from your face-to-face encounters.



Initially, your paper is a justification for why your participant chose to join the Revolutionaries or the Loyalists. After your response, answer these questions in your conclusion – what did you learn about the American Revolution that you didn’t know at the start of your research? What did you learn from others who shared your opinions? What did you learn from the opposition and did anything s/he said sway your viewpoint?

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The American Revolution Paper Websites (can use hyperlinks from Canvas-Assignments)

Campus Library – on ground or libguides (see website)

http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.php/general-resources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. – links to multiple sites


National Humanities Center – America in Class

http://americainclass.org/sources/makingrevolution/index.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

This is good for general info and primary sources.

Bostonian Society – The Old State House

http://www.revolutionarycharacters.org/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Use the menu on the left to learn about specific groups or people

U.S. History.org

http://www.ushistory.org/us/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

This is a general history site, but concentrate on those chapters on the American Revolution topics (#s 9-13).

Digital History

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/era.cfm?eraID=3 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Great source for finding specific people (by type or name) and primary sources.

American Revolution

http://www.americanrevolution.org/archives.php (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

This is a good site for finding a person or for info on Native or African American participants.

History Matters

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/search.php?function=find (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

You can type in your topic to narrow the search (particularly if you type “Patriot” or “Loyalist”).

Our American Revolution (from Colonial Williamsburg)

http://www.ouramericanrevolution.org/index.cfm/page/view/m0001 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Along with your essay about H. Washington, you also need to include a primary source that he might have read (or could have read to him) that would have inspired him to be a Loyalist.

Some of the specifics are useful (not the best general site)

Information on African Americans and Revolution:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2narr4.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. – or –

http://www.blackpast.org/entries-categories/american-revolution (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


The Online Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies

http://www.royalprovincial.com/index.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

General info or scroll down to the section with a link to Black Loyalists, Indian Loyalists, or women.

Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War

http://www.toriesfightingfortheking.com/ToryArmy.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Here you’ll find all manner of information on bands of Loyalists and individuals

New York Loyalists:

http://www.nyhistory.net/drums/kingsmen.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Info and links to NY participants inlcuding Loyalist Indians

For those of you researching Black Loyalists:

The Nova Scotia Museum – http://novascotia.ca/museum/blackloyalists/recovering.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


Am. Revolution Rubric (75)

Am. Revolution Rubric (75)

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction – Creatively introduces the topic (position) within the context of events

10.0 pts

Creative Introduction and setting context

8.0 pts

Good Introduction

7.0 pts

Intro Evident

5.0 pts

Lacking an intro

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDescription – Coherently describes the participant and why s/he holds her/his viewpoint

15.0 pts

Excellent description of both aspects

13.0 pts

Good description of both aspects

11.0 pts

Description of both aspects

9.0 pts

Lacking one or more aspects

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePrimary Source – Identifies at least two quality sources that support the participant’s perspective including a meaningful quote from each source

15.0 pts

Two quality sources and quotes

13.0 pts

Two good sources and quotes

11.0 pts

Two sources/quotes

9.0 pts

Missing sources or quotes

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResponse – Actively participated in the classroom activity with prepared information by both challenging and listening to opinions

10.0 pts

Enthusiastically participated

8.0 pts

Actively participated

7.0 pts

Participation/ lack of preparedness

6.0 pts

Lack of participation or preparation

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePrompt – Provides a reasoned and thoughtful response to the prompt

10.0 pts

Thoughtfully addresses the prompt

8.0 pts

Coherently addresses the prompt

7.0 pts

Addresses Prompt

6.0 pts

Missing Elements

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCitation – Correctly utilizes MLA format for citing of ideas, information, and quotes

5.0 pts

Correct use of citation

3.0 pts

Use of citation

1.0 pts

Lack of citation

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormat – Uses correct format, spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, etc.

10.0 pts

Free from errors

8.0 pts

Some minor errors

7.0 pts


4.0 pts

Pervasive errors

10.0 pts

Total Points: 75.0


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