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

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On the evening of December 16, 1773, a group of disguised Bostonians boarded three merchant ships and dumped more than forty-six tons of tea into Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party, as it later came to be known, was an audacious and revolutionary act. It set the stage for war and cemented certain values in the American psyche that many still cherish today. But why did the Tea Party happen? Whom did it involve? What did it mean? The answers to these questions are far from straightforward.

In this thrilling new book, Benjamin L. Carp tells the full story of the Tea Party—exploding myths, exploring the unique city life of Boston, and setting this extraordinary event 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—Carp illuminates how a determined group shook the foundations of a mighty 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.

About the Author

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

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

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

-Michael Kenney

"Assiduously researched."--Caleb Crain, The New Yorker

-Caleb Crain

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

-Maya Jasanoff

"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

"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

"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

"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

Product Details ISBN-10: 0300117051
ISBN-13: 9780300117059
Published: Yale University Press, 10/01/2010
Pages: 328
Language: English