Letter: War of independence revisited



Fireworks and Independence Day are imminent and provide a good setting for reading “Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution.” Read a review at http://tinyurl.com/qda7gny: “It was a time when public opinion in the 13 British colonies was split three ways. The ‘patriots’ were inclined to support rebellion, the ‘loyalists’ keen to remain faithful to the crown. Others were not sure where they stood.”

The 18th century equivalent of today’s spin doctors played a crucial role with the white-washing of patriot brutality towards loyalists and anyone not sufficiently pro-independence. So vociferous were the patriots towards their own countrymen that they caused some 85,000 to flee at the end of the war, fearing for their lives and well-being left to the mercies of their patriot neighbors. Those same neighbors happily enriched themselves with the property of those who’d left. But of course none of that fits with the prevailing narrative of the noble and just war for “freedom.”

With Walt Disney Productions becoming the public’s knowledge of history, a currently ample supply of independence wars to observe suggests this book presents a credible telling of the process.

Merv Murphy