The Boston Tea Party: Colonists Protest the British Government

Overview

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 is the most famous incidence of "tea parties" held to protest the British government and its taxes on the American colonies. British leaders and the British people marveled at the excitement of the Americans over a tax of merely three pence, while Americans fumed at their Old World countrymen in their attempts to rule them from afar without representation in government. In the end, the conflict was almost as much about words and misunderstandings as about the tax itself. From that ...

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Overview

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 is the most famous incidence of "tea parties" held to protest the British government and its taxes on the American colonies. British leaders and the British people marveled at the excitement of the Americans over a tax of merely three pence, while Americans fumed at their Old World countrymen in their attempts to rule them from afar without representation in government. In the end, the conflict was almost as much about words and misunderstandings as about the tax itself. From that time comes the modern phrase "a tempest in a teapot," which accurately describes the sensations of the two years that preceded the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party describes the events and participants of this American protest, as well as its significance in the unfolding of American independence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604137644
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Milestones in American History Series
  • Pages: 122
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Sons of Liberty, Sons of Violence 1

2 King George and His Parliament 6

3 The Boston Massacre 17

4 The Tea Act 29

5 Town Meetings and Committees of Correspondence 39

6 The Governor, the Rabble, and the Rebels 48

7 The Tea Party 58

8 Boston's Punishment 67

9 Nonconsumption, Nonimportation, Non-exportation 80

10 Evolution of the Tea Party 91

Chronology and Timeline 100

Notes 103

Bibliography 105

Further Reading 107

Photo Credits 109

Index 110

About the Author 116

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