Retributive Justice? Loyalist Revenge and Honorable Manhood in the American Revolution

Friday, January 4, 2019: 11:10 AM
International South (Hilton Chicago)
Timothy Compeau, Huron University College
The loyalist debates on revenge reveal the tensions and contradictions within eighteenth-century concepts of masculinity, the conflicting demands of honor culture, gentility, and Christian principles. Patriots argued that loyalists were unmanned by their rage, while British commanders and loyalists alike feared the consequences of unleashing the passions of wounded men.
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