Join us for “Reconciling Patriot Versus Loyalist Communities Following the Revolutionary War: Attorney Alexander Hamilton’s Representation of Loyalists” a virtual event with Dr. Thomas Oller and Adam Levinson on Alexander Hamilton’s relationship with the loyalists following the Revolutionary War. This event is in partnership with StatutesandStories.com
The Revolutionary War was not merely a struggle for independence, it was also a civil war between British loyalists and American patriots. This session explores the interaction of loyalist and patriot communities following the war and Hamilton’s efforts to protect loyalists from discrimination/retaliation. As the British seized territory during the war, control over hostile populations shifted. Because the British remained in New York City until Evacuation Day in 1783, animosity was particularly acute in NY. Hamilton understood the importance of successfully re-integrating loyalists. His Phocion essays argued that the rule of law protects all minorities in a democratic civil society.
Dr. Thomas Oller is the Vice Chair of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. Tom is also a senior lecturer in the Writing Program at Boston University, where he teaches a course titled, “Hamilton and Jefferson: Competing Visions of America.” Previously, he taught at Harvard Extension School and at Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.
Adam Levinson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and served as an articles and comments editor for the University of Miami Law Review. Adam is a partner with the law firm of Klausner, Kaufman, Jensen & Levinson and the author of StatutesAndStories.com, a website dedicated to legal history.