If you've been on my "Revolution in Lower Manhattan" tour, you'll remember that New York was a stronghold of Tory sentiment during the war, and a magnet for Loyalist refugees from other colonies. Let's find out more about this aspect of the Revolution in a talk entitled Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City During the Revolution.
Here's what the website says: "Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary & unlawful, they emphasized the natural ties of blood, kinship, language, & religion that united the colonies to Britain. They hoped British military strength would quickly crush the minority rebellion as they flocked to the British headquarters of New York City. Despised by the rebels as enemies, New York’s refugees hoped to partner with the British to restore peaceful government in the colonies. However, the British confounded their expectations by instituting martial law in the city & marginalizing loyalist leaders. Presented by Ruma Chopra".
A book of the same name will also be on sale that night; here's a link to its description on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unnatural-Rebellion-Loyalists-Revolution-Jeffersonian/dp/0813931096/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363128147&sr=8-1&keywords=unnatural+rebellion#_
Cost: $10, payable at the door. A light reception is included in your admission. In addition, we have our own $1 meetup fee, payable to the organizer.
How to meet us: We're meeting at 6pm for a 6:30pm lecture; they may not seat until 6:15. Buy your ticket at the door, and join us in the presentation space. If they don't seat as early as 6pm, then just meet us on line waiting to get in. I will be holding a sign that says MEETUP.
About Fraunces Tavern: General George Washington bade farewell to his generals at the original Fraunces Tavern in December 1783. Two fires destroyed much of the fabric of that tavern in the 19th century. The present building, dating from 1907, is built on the former building's foundation and is a great example of Colonial Revival architecture.