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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Boston Tea Party: Selected full-text books and articles

A World History of Tax Rebellions: An Encyclopedia of Tax Rebels, Revolts, and Riots from Antiquity to the Present By 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 By John E. Findling; Frank W. Thackeray Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "The Boston Tea Party, 1773"
Origins of the American Revolution By 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 By David A. Copeland Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 24 "The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party, 1773-1774"
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A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic By John Ferling Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian's tip: Discussion of the Boston Tea Party begins on p. 106
Daily Life during the American Revolution By 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 By 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 By York, Neil L The Historian, Vol. 55, No. 2, Winter 1993
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