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An Enemy Among Them
by Deborah DeFord and Harry S. Stout

Which Side Are You On?

Before and during the Revolutionary War, Americans had to decide whether they were Patriots, supporters of independence for the American colonies; or Loyalists, those who remained loyal to British rule.

How did they make that decision? Think of the reasons why someone might be a Patriot, and the reasons for staying loyal to Britain. Fill in the chart below with reasons for each point of view.

Patriot
Loyalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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