Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party, 1773. In the contest between British Parliament and the American colonists before the Revolution, Parliament, when repealing the Townshend Acts, had retained the tea tax, partly as a symbol of its right to tax the colonies, partly to aid the financially embarrassed East India Company. The colonists tried to prevent the consignees from accepting taxed tea and were successful in New York and Philadelphia. At Charleston the tea was landed but was held in government warehouses. At Boston, three tea ships arrived and remained unloaded but Gov. Thomas Hutchinson refused to let the ships leave without first paying the duties. A group of indignant colonists, led by Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and others, disguised themselves as Native Americans, boarded the ships on the night of Dec. 16, 1773, and threw the tea into the harbor. In reply Parliament passed the Boston Port Bill (see Intolerable Acts).

See studies by B. W. Labaree (1964) and B. L. Carp (2010).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

A World History of Tax Rebellions: An Encyclopedia of Tax Rebels, Revolts, and Riots from Antiquity to the Present
David. F. Burg.
Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "1773-1774: Boston Tea Party" begins on p. 273
Events That Changed America in the Eighteenth Century
John E. Findling; Frank W. Thackeray.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Boston Tea Party, 1773"
Origins of the American Revolution
John C. Miller.
Little, Brown, 1943
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Fourteen "Tea Revives the Dispute"
Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary Documents on Events of the Period
David A. Copeland.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 24 "The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party, 1773-1774"
A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic
John Ferling.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Boston Tea Party begins on p. 106
Empire or Independence, 1760-1776: A British-American Dialogue on the Coming of the American Revolution
Ian R. Christie; Benjamin W. Labaree.
W. W. Norton, 1976
Librarian’s tip: "The Boston Tea Party" begins on p. 169
Daily Life during the American Revolution
Dorothy Denneen Volo; James M. Volo.
Greenwood Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "The Boston Tea Party" begins on p. 48
A College History of the United States
David Burner; Elizabeth Fox-Genovese; Virginia Bernhard.
Brandywine Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "The Boston Tea Party" begins on p. 122
Freemasons and the American Revolution
York, Neil L.
The Historian, Vol. 55, No. 2, Winter 1993
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