Public Program- Benjamin Carp

Lectures and Performances
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 6:45pm

"Teapot in a Tempest: Massachusetts and the Boston Tea Party"
by Benjamin Carp

Defiance of the Patriots

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, as it later came to be known, was an audacious and revolutionary act. It electrified Massachusetts, set the stage for war, and cemented certain values in the American psyche that many still cherish today. But why did the Tea Party happen? Whom did it involve? What did it mean throughout Massachusetts and beyond?

Based on his new book, Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America, Benjamin L. Carp will tell the full story of the Boston Tea Party—capturing the unique city life of Boston and setting this extraordinary event in a global context. Bringing to life a diverse array of people involved—from Chinese tea-pickers to English businessmen, Native Americans to sugar plantation slaves, Massachusetts farmers to tea-sipping ladies—Carp illuminates how the Boston Tea Party shook the foundations of a mighty empire and its colonies, resonating around the world and across the centuries.

Benjamin L. Carp is Associate Professor of History at Tufts University, where he teaches the history of early America. He has a broad interest in revolutionary political activity, cities, and the American Revolution. He has written about the contemporary tea party movement and the Boston Tea Party for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. His first book, Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution, was published in 2007. Professor Carp held a Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship at AAS in 2001-2002.

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