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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300178128
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 241,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Benjamin L. Carp is associate professor of history at Tufts University.
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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended - engaging, brisk, and thorough!

    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).

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