In Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776 (Cornell Univ. Press, 2023), James R. Fichter reveals that despite the so-called Boston Tea Party in 1773, two large shipments of tea from the East India Company survived and were ultimately drunk in North America. [Read more…] about Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776
Boston Tea Party
Saturday, December 16, 2023, marks the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.
The seeds of the Boston Tea Party were sown in the spring of 1773, when Parliament passed the Tea Act of 1773 in an attempt to prevent the East India Company from going bankrupt. [Read more…] about The Boston Tea Party’s 250th Anniversary
Thomas Jefferson asserted that if there was any leader of the American Revolution, “Samuel Adams was the man.” With high-minded ideals and bare-knuckle tactics, Adams led what could be called the greatest campaign of civil resistance in American history. Adams amplified the Boston Massacre and helped to mastermind the Boston Tea Party.
He employed every tool available to rally a town, a colony, and eventually a band of colonies behind him, creating the cause that created a country. For his efforts he became the most wanted man in America: When Paul Revere rode to Lexington in 1775, it was to warn Samuel Adams that he was about to be arrested for treason. Despite his celebrated status among America’s founding fathers as a revolutionary leader however, Samuel Adams’ life and achievements have been largely overshadowed in history books. [Read more…] about The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams
In this episode of The History Twins podcast, storytelling duo Carla Lynne Hall and Jim Keyes discuss the events that led up to the American War of Independence.
Carla and Keyes discuss The Stamp Act of 1765 in which Britain taxed American colonists on virtually every piece of printed paper they used. They also describe The Townshend Act of 1767 which went a step further, taxing colonists for essentials such as paint, paper, glass, lead and tea. [Read more…] about The History Twins: The Revolution So Far
For the American Revolution to be successful, it needed ideas people could embrace and methods for spreading those ideas. It also needed ways for revolutionaries to coordinate across colonial lines. How did revolutionaries develop and spread their ideas? How did they communicate and coordinate plans of actions?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Joseph Adelman, an Assistant Professor of History at Framingham State University and author of Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), joins us to investigate the roles printers and their networks played in developing and spreading ideas of the American Revolution. [Read more…] about Revolutionary Print Networks: Printing the News, 1763-1789
New York played an important role during the American Revolution, but the New York Tea Party story remains relatively unknown, often misunderstood, and overshadowed by New York’s larger military role in the American Revolution. [Read more…] about 1774 Patriots: New York’s Tea Party