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Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence

Ken Miller


This book reveals how wartime pressures nurtured a budding patriotism in the ethnically diverse revolutionary community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During the Revolutionary War, American revolutionaries held more than 13,000 prisoners in makeshift detention camps far from the fighting. As the Americans' principal site for incarcerating enemy prisoners of war, Lancaster stood at the nexus of two vastly different revolutionary worlds: one national, the other intensely local. Captives came under the control of local officials loosely supervised by state and national authorities. Concentrating the ... More

Keywords: patriotism, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War, prisoners of war, prisoners, detention camps, national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450556
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Miller, author
Associate Professor of History, Washington College.