Maryland Loyalism Project Presentation

  • September 30, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 CST
  • Elizabeth Hopwood,
  • Open to the public.
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    Following the American Revolution, Loyalist refugees lined up in New York, London, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, to share their experience of upheaval in hopes the state would recognize their political allegiance and compensate them for their losses through evacuation, land, a pension, or reimbursement.

    The British State recorded the narratives of this refugee population, one of the eighteenth-century Atlantic¿s largest, in two series of documents: the Inspection Roll of Negroes (known also as the Book of Negroes) and the Parliamentary Loyalist Claims Commission. Both series serve to establish the political allegiance and right to confiscated property of women and men who supported the Crown during a bloody civil war in the face of betrayal, persecution, and loss of family and friends.

    Nearly 250 years later, the Maryland Loyalism Project engages undergraduate and graduate students to use contemporary digital platforms to make these poignant stories available to scholarly and descendant communities. This talk will focus on how the project team has wrestled with questions of platform, design, and representation in creating a project that seeks to restore the humanity of those impacted by the British loss in the American Revolution.

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    This event will be recorded and posted on the CTSDH social media channels. Only the audio and video will be recorded and not the chat. The event will also be streamed live on the CTSDH Facebook page.