Why Did Some Colonial Virginians Continue to Support the King?

Not all colonials supported the American Revolution. A resource from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown ask young historians to investigate the reasons why some colonial Virginians were loyalist and continued to support King George. Class members examine a political cartoon, selected quotes from Samuel Seabury, and the Dunmore Proclamation of 1775 to answer the question.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a unit study of the American Revolution
  • Pair with the next lesson in the series about why some colonials sought Independence
Classroom Considerations
  • Additional prep time required to prepare materials and copy handouts
  • Part of a series of lessons about the American Revolution from the Yorktown Museum
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The activities demonstrate the risks colonists faced by supporting the patriots
Cons
  • None