Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of Americaby Benjamin L. Carp
Pub. Date: 10/25/2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
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… See more details below
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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In his book Defiance of the Patriots, Benjamin Carp delves into the history of the Boston Tea Party by suggesting that Paul Revere and the other colonists who took part had “no way of knowing their actions would lead to an outbreak of an eight-year war . . . yet they did believe they had shared in a bold act of patriotism—a revolutionary moment” (Carp). Carp lays out the historical details of the fateful night of December 16, 1733 when American colonialists disguised themselves as Indians and threw 46 tons of tea into Boston harbor. However, he goes beyond the facts and explains how this act of rebellion set the stage for the Revolutionary War and integrated itself into the fabric of America’s soul. Carp writes honestly about this event and separates the facts from the fiction. Although there are myths that he discounts, the reader learns just how iconic this moment is for understanding the sentiments that were building the tensions between the colonies and the English government. Carp concludes that this moment in American history helped to define that era “not just because it brought about dramatic change in its time, but because it still resonates today” (Carp).