Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America

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This thrilling book tells the full story of the an iconic episode in American history, the Boston Tea Party—exploding myths, exploring the unique city life of eighteenth-century Boston, and setting this audacious prelude to the American Revolution in a global context for the first time. Bringing vividly to life the diverse array of people and places that the Tea Party brought together—from Chinese tea-pickers to English businessmen, Native American tribes, sugar plantation slaves, and Boston’s ladies of...

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Overview

This thrilling book tells the full story of the an iconic episode in American history, the Boston Tea Party—exploding myths, exploring the unique city life of eighteenth-century Boston, and setting this audacious prelude to the American Revolution in a global context for the first time. Bringing vividly to life the diverse array of people and places that the Tea Party brought together—from Chinese tea-pickers to English businessmen, Native American tribes, sugar plantation slaves, and Boston’s ladies of leisure—Benjamin L. Carp illuminates how a determined group of New Englanders shook the foundations of the British Empire, and what this has meant for Americans since. As he reveals many little-known historical facts and considers the Tea Party’s uncertain legacy, he presents a compelling and expansive history of an iconic event in America’s tempestuous past.

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Editorial Reviews

American History

"Was tea a social elixir or a deadly drug? How do you heft a 400-pound barrel overboard? Myriad questions are raised in this thoughtful look at global economics meeting Beantown's unique society."—American History
The Boston Globe
A sterling account.—Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe

— Michael Kenney

The New Yorker
Assiduously researched.—Caleb Crain, The New Yorker

— Caleb Crain

Guardian
A thoughtful, balanced corrective to partisan treatments of the Boston Tea Party.—Maya Jasanoff, Guardian

— Maya Jasanoff
The Herald-Dispatch
It is arguably the most in-depth, detailed and accessible book on the subject. . . . Carp has created a fascinating look at one of the most famous acts of defiance in history. The book is both a global epic and an intimate look at the people involved and deserves a place on the shelves of anyone interested in the history of the United States.—Darren Jones, The Herald-Dispatch

— Darren Jones

Common-place
A fresh, insightful perspective on why the Boston Tea Party occurred and its outcome...Meticulously researched and rich in detail...a coherent, engaging story.—Christine LaHue, Common-place

— Christine LaHue

Journal of American History
Sophisticated and highly readable, Defiance of the Patriots is a model of research, analysis, and narration that may well be a crossover book, attracting a general readership. It deserves to reach that level of success.—Edward Countryman, Journal of American History

— Edward Countryman

The Boston Globe - Michael Kenney

"A sterling account."--Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe
The New Yorker - Caleb Crain

"Assiduously researched."--Caleb Crain, The New Yorker
Guardian - Maya Jasanoff

"A thoughtful, balanced corrective to partisan treatments of the Boston Tea Party."--Maya Jasanoff, Guardian
The Herald-Dispatch - Darren Jones

"It is arguably the most in-depth, detailed and accessible book on the subject. . . . Carp has created a fascinating look at one of the most famous acts of defiance in history. The book is both a global epic and an intimate look at the people involved and deserves a place on the shelves of anyone interested in the history of the United States."—Darren Jones, The Herald-Dispatch
Common-place - Christine LaHue

"A fresh, insightful perspective on why the Boston Tea Party occurred and its outcome...Meticulously researched and rich in detail...a coherent, engaging story."—Christine LaHue, Common-place
Journal of American History - Edward Countryman

"Sophisticated and highly readable, Defiance of the Patriots is a model of research, analysis, and narration that may well be a crossover book, attracting a general readership. It deserves to reach that level of success."—Edward Countryman, Journal of American History
The Society of the Cincinnati - Cox Book Award

Winner of the 2013 Society of the Cincinnati Cox Book Prize.
The Boston Globe

"A sterling account."--Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe

— Michael Kenney

American History

"Was tea a social elixir or a deadly drug? How do you heft a 400-pound barrel overboard? Myriad questions are raised in this thoughtful look at global economics meeting Beantown''s unique society."--American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300117059
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2010
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 518,085
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Benjamin L. Carp is associate professor of history at Tufts University.
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