Explain how the loyalists and patriots felt about the war, and how the characters in George Washington's Socks fit into these categories.

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During the American Revolution there were three main groups of colonists.  Loyalists or Tories were those colonists who decided they would stay loyal to the Colonies’ association with Britain and the King of England.  Patriots were those people who wanted to break away from the association with England and the King and form a new independent country. Finally, the last group was neutralists or fence-sitters.  These people made up the majority of colonists and truly were indifferent to the war until they became affected by it.

In the book George Washington's Socks we see examples of all three of these groups. The first and most obvious example of a patriot in the book is George Washington himself.  Washington led the Continental army against the British and symbolized the Patriot cause.

An example of a neutralist who became a patriot is Israel.  Israel talks about how he did not care about the war until he found out he could get paid to support his family.

Lastly, there is no obvious example of a Loyalist in the book but I believe the Hornbees were loyalists. They take in the kids from the freezing cold to allow them to survive but throw them out after Matt's rant.  They are afraid the British may punish them because they were housing Patriots.  One could argue they may be neutralists as well but based on their disgust for Matt's idolization of Washington it seems they were loyalists.

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