The Revolutionary War

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Did all Americans support the Revolutionary War?

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Although we think of the Revolutionary War as something that all Americans were behind, it really was not that way.  Only a minority of Americans were actually strong supporters of the American side in the Revolution.

This is not to say that most Americans opposed the Revolution and wanted to stay with Britain.  In fact, only about one-third of all Americans are believed to have been "Tories" or "Loyalists."  These are names for Americans who stayed on the British side.

Instead, historians believe that about one-third of Americans were strongly in favor of revolution, one-third were Tories, and another third were relatively neutral, just wanting to get by as well as they could.

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