Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America
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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"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 "The Herald-Dispatch "
"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 "Journal of American History "
"A sterling account."--;I>The Boston Globe
--Michael Kenney "The Boston Globe "
"Assiduously researched."--;I>The New Yorker
--Caleb Crain "The New Yorker "
"A thoughtful, balanced corrective to partisan treatments of the Boston Tea Party."--;I>Guardian
--Maya Jasanoff "Guardian "
"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
Winner of the 2013 Society of the Cincinnati Cox Book Prize.-- (07/01/2013)