Some Independence Day Reading: Terrorism and the American Revolution

July 5, 2009

Yeah, it’s been a while (a little less than three months) since I’ve posted anything, but I am looking to get back in the swing of things. So, expect near daily updates again. I’ve found that balancing being a wage slave, along with a personal life, and game dev, doesn’t leave much time for blogging.

Anyways, in honor of the holiday, I would like to point everyone in the direction of a transcript of a speech by Hal Draper made in 1962. Draper examines the numbers behind the American Revolution to find that it was far from being widely supported.

Yet I must report that the very best historical authorities admit that the percentage of the colonial Americans who supported the Revolutionary side against the British was only – one third. Specifically, according to the best estimates, one third supported the British; one third supported the Revolution; and the last third just wanted to be left alone to hoe their corn.

While Draper’s numbers can be called into question, most modern sources including Wikipedia agree that around 20% of the population were considered Loyalists, or active supporters of Britain during the revolution. The campaign of terror, which included the practices of tarring and feathering and burning houses, against the Loyalists is not something to be celebrated. Our revolution was that of a minority, and that minority used tactics, which by today’s terms would be considered terrorism.

Just a little something to consider in light of the grilled food and fireworks that tend to obscure any real historical value of the holiday.

EDIT: On a less serious note, you may have noticed that I finally registered a domain name! All requests for will be redirected to the corresponding page at

One Response to “Some Independence Day Reading: Terrorism and the American Revolution”

  1. Natso Says:

    Certainly an interesting way to view July 4th. Sometimes terrorism can be for the good after all. I’ve no doubt America still uses such tactics as well, but in more obscure and perhaps more effective ways now…

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