Defiance of the Patriots The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America Benjamin L. Carp

Publication date:
15 Oct 2010
Yale University Press
328 pages: 235 x 156 x 30mm
33 b-w illus.
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An evocative and enthralling account of a defining event in American history

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

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

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

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

"Carp is an historian with a talent for people and place."—David Aaronovitch, The Times

"Carp's book will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the Boston Tea Party. His research is meticulous."—Raymond Seitz, Literary Review

"An illuminating account of a singular moment in history."—Siobhan Murphy, Metro

"Carp’s excellent book offers much to those interested in America, past and present."—Jeremy Black, Journal of American Studies