Originally Posted by PWS;3889854;
The American Revolution was a minority revolution. 1/3 of the population supported it. 1/3 didn't support it and 1/3 did not choose sides.
The Scots (this area where I live and which in reality isn't all that far from where Jaime and Claire "settled" is largely Scots decendents). The people of Scotland suffered greatly under the British after Culloden (MUCH worse than the South during Reconstruction) and the Scots feared reprisals like that if they did not remain loyal to the Crown this time. They had escaped from that once, they didn't want to go through it a 2nd time. This info comes from the book "The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas" by Billy Kennedy.
Part of the allure of these books for me is that her history is really accurate, she does so much research and it shows. (yes, I am a history GEEK! )