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 precipitated the American Revolution and ingrained a rebellious ideal in the American psyche, but it was a more complex historical event than we might suspect. More than just a protest over taxes, the Tea Party was an event with global resonance.
Dr. Benjamin L. Carp is associate professor of early American history at Tufts University. He is the author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (2010), and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution (2007), and co-editor of Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791. He has written for scholarly journals as well as BBC History, Colonial Williamsburg, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and he has appeared on BBC1, C-SPAN2, C-SPAN3, and the Discovery Channel.