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Defiance of the Patriots
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Defiance of the Patriots

The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America

  • Benjamin L. Carp

Winner of the 2010 Best Book on the Era of the American Revolution Award given by the American Revolution Round Table of New York

Selected as a 2011 Must-Read book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book

Winner of the 2013 Society of the Cincinnati Cox Book Prize.

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.

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