American Tempest

American Tempest

How the Boston Tea Party Sparked A Revolution

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Reveals the true story behind the Boston Tea Party, revealing how the protest movement was used to seize political power in Massachusetts and set off a political, social, and economic revoution in the American colonies.

Perseus Publishing
From the author of The Last Founding Father, an in-depth look at the Boston Tea Party and how it defined the course of American history.

On Thursday, December 16, 1773, an estimated seven dozen men, many dressed as Indians, dumped roughly £10,000 worth of tea in Boston Harbor. Whatever their motives at the time, they unleashed a social, political, and economic firestorm that would culminate in the Declaration of Independence two-and-a-half years later.

The Boston Tea Party provoked a reign of terror in Boston and other American cities as tea parties erupted up and down the colonies. The turmoil stripped tens of thousands of their homes and property, and nearly 100,000 left forever in what was history's largest exodus of Americans from America. Nonetheless, John Adams called the Boston Tea Party nothing short of "magnificent," saying that "it must have important consequences."

Combining stellar scholarship with action-packed history, Harlow Giles Unger reveals the truth behind the legendary event and examines its lasting consequence--the spawning of a new, independent nation.

Book News
This dramatic retelling of the history of the Boston Tea Party eschews the traditional patriotic narrative and presents the events that led up to the American revolution in a more critical light, describing the leaders of the protest as tax evaders and failed businessmen, who, never the less, managed to inspire a nation to revolution. The work includes maps and numerous black and white illustrations as well as appendices on the signers of the Declaration of Independence and one line biographies of the original Tea Party protesters. Unger is currently a visiting scholar at George Washington's Mount Vernon and is the author of several books on the American Revolution and the founding fathers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The acclaimed author of The Last Founding Father explores the lasting effects of the Boston Tea Party.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2011
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306819629
Branch Call Number: 973.3 UNG
Characteristics: xiv, 288 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm


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