Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution

Featuring: H.W. Brands, David M. Rubenstein (moderator)

History with David M. Rubenstein

  • Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET
  • $44 (Members $32; Chairman’s Council, Free)
head shot of H.W. Brands
Head shot of David M. Rubenstein

Event Details:

Long before the first battle of the American Revolution, the conflict between Loyalists and Patriots swept through all facets of American society, with colonists, Native Americans, and the enslaved all forced to choose a side. Would this constitute America’s first civil war, beginning before the Revolution had even been won? Pulitzer Prize finalist H.W. Brands examines this question and looks at the deep-seated divisions that made up the war before the war—between Loyalists and Patriots, families, friends, and neighbors.

H.W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book is Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution. David M. Rubenstein (moderator), co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, is the author of numerous books, including The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream.

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Image credit (H.W. Brands): University of Texas