Rebecca Brannon

Rebecca Brannon, historian, early America, Loyalist reintegration into the United States, aging
James Madison University

Rebecca Brannon is an assistant professor of early American history at James Madison University. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 200. Her first book, From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists, will be out in September 2016 from University of South Carolina Press. In this book she argues that the majority of Loyalists were actually reintegrated into the United States after the Revolution. While the Loyalist diaspora encompassed thousands of desperate people, even more were able to stay in their familiar homes and work to persuade their former neighbors and friends to accept them as trustworthy people and citizens. Americans were generous in offering vanquished Loyalists reconciliation, and Loyalists worked to make that reconciliation secure. Further, Americans adroitly manipulated historical memory in order to make their initially fragile reconciliation solidify over time—such that the children and grandchildren of Loyalists enjoyed the same privileges as the descendants of Patriots. She is currently working on an edited collection with Joseph Moore entitled Loyalty & Revolution: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon. This volume is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press and is expected to appear by 2018. It will draw together a larger body of work on the Loyalists in both the United States and Canada, and in so doing honor Robert Calhoon’s work on Loyalists in the United States. Dr. Brannon is also working on two new book projects—one on a national study of Loyalist reintegration into the United States entitled Toward a More Inclusive Union: America’s Revolutionary Era Reconciliation with Loyalists, and another on aging in the 18th century entitled Did the Founding Fathers Live Too Long? Old Men and the American Revolution.

brannorn@jmu.edu