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              Loyalists
             The American Revolution was a struggle for independence, which took place during the
             years of 1775 to 1783. During this time, there was much controversy over loyalty on both sides
             of the war. In the Revolution, there were Loyalists and Patriots, and the Loyalists were treated
             with much abuse. A Loyalist could be defined as a person who was loyal to the British
             government only, meaning that he was only loyal to the King. Abuse means to hurt either with
             words or with acts of violence. Loyalists were loyal to Britain either because they were scared of
             their country or they did not want things to change (like their way of life or other assorted
             things), and they deserved to be held in low regard and treated with abuse by the Patriots during
             the Revolution. Loyalist Thomas Hutchinson said "It is better to submit to some abridgment of
             our rights, then to break off our connection with our protector, England. 
             Approximately one fifth to one fourth of the American population was considered to be
             Loyalists. The Loyalists betrayed their own neighbors. They were trying to break down the
             American government from the inside, and they were succeeding because of their outnumbering
             the Patriots' military. If this had gone on, we would not be living the same lifestyle that we are
             living right now. During the time of the Revolution, they would send messages to the King,
             alerting him of what actions would be taken by the Patriots. So, in other words, the Loyalists
             were spying on the Patriots and were trying to sabotage them. The reason they were doing these
             things is that they wanted the Americans to fail in trying to break away from England.
             Many Patriots believed that "hanging the traitors  would have a good effect and would
             "give stability to the new government.  Others believed that Loyalists should be jailed for being
            

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