On Thursday, December 16, 1773, an estimated seven dozen men, many dressed as Indians, dumped roughly £10,000 worth of tea in Boston Harbor. Whatever their motives at the time, they unleashed a social, political, and economic firestorm that would culminate in the Declaration of Independence two-and-a-half years later.
The Boston Tea Party provoked a reign of terror in Boston and other American cities as tea parties erupted up and down the colonies. The turmoil stripped tens of thousands of their homes and property, and nearly 100,000 left forever in what was history's largest exodus of Americans from America. Nonetheless, John Adams called the Boston Tea Party nothing short of "magnificent," saying that "it must have important consequences."
Combining stellar scholarship with action-packed history, Harlow Giles Unger reveals the truth behind the legendary event and examines its lasting consequence--the spawning of a new, independent nation.
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A former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon, Harlow Giles Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of seventeen books, including five biographies of America's Founding Fathers. He lives in New York.Review:
New York Journal of Books, 3/15/11“The events that birthed the original Tea Party are given their just airing via Ungers’ scholarship...At once fascinating and engrossing, it fills in huge gaps between major events and gives studied, fundamental reasons for the actions that occurred. Incredibly well written and as readable as a solid novel, the author has done a prodigious service to consequential events in our early history.” Boston Globe, 3/17/11
“Never has a meticulous, well-written history of the Boston Tea Party...seemed more relevant. Colonial historian Harlow Giles Unger delivers a stirring chronicle, making it clear that the similarities between then and now are thought-provoking...Unger has brought it brilliantly to life.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 3/21/11
"Unger brings to vivid life familiar historical characters with lively text and fine reproductions of period maps, paintings, and engravings...Unger’s exciting historical account raises questions that are as relevant today as they were in 1773.”
“A solidly researched account of the 1773 Boston Tea Party...[A] well-delineated, contrarian history.”
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Book Description Da Capo, 2011. Book Condition: New. In an action-packed drama of colonial America, Unger reveals how the original Tea Party had less to do with tea than the political ambitions of James Otis Jr, a certifiably mad lawyer, and a bankrupt brewer named Sam Adams. These two took over the Boston merchants' protest movement against British import duties, seized political power in Massachusetts, and set off a social, political and economic storm that ended with the Declaration of Independence. Bookseller Inventory # 217092
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