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Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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 set the stage for war and cemented certain values in the American psyche that many still cherish today. But why did the ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published October 11th 2010 by Yale University Press
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Thomas Kidd
Aug 31, 2011 Thomas Kidd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Tea Party movement has been much in the news in the past year, as has the appropriation of America's Founding by Sarah Palin and other politicians. In light of the government's expansion under Barack Obama, Palin says we should "party like it's 1773." Tufts University historian Benjamin Carp is no Tea Party sympathizer, but his timely Defiance of the Patriots is the place to start for understanding the actual Boston Tea Party, one of the chief catalyst
May 04, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shorter read than the 328 pages suggests. Only a little over 200 pages, rests are notes and work cited material. Also, contains a chapter completely off topic and unnecessary to the story. All and all, a great detailed account of the Boston Tea Party. Provides context of the political and economic climate of the British Empire leading up to the event in Boston as well as the atmosphere in the colonies at the time. Details on the planning, execution, and post-Tea Party sentiments. It wasn't nearl ...more
Read this book following T. H. Breen's The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence - these two books were great compliments to each other to help further one's understanding of consumerism and the market's influence (especially tea) in the decades prior to the Revolution.
Alec Rogers
May 05, 2012 Alec Rogers rated it really liked it
The Boston Tea Party remains one of the iconic events of American history 250 years later. It is one of the few events that nearly every American recognizes and for which she can provide at least a summary description. Benjamin Carp’s Defiance of the Patriots provides a detailed rendering of not only the events of the “tea party” itself, but a comprehensive look at the state of the British Empire, the city of Boston, and the American colonies in general to give us a better understanding of why t ...more
Bryn Dunham
Jan 26, 2013 Bryn Dunham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, history
Defiance of the Patriots is an authoritative and well researched account of the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. To keep this review pithy I enjoyed the majority of this book despite some content of the final half of the book.

The first half is a very interesting account of the events and economy of colonial New England, the role of tea in society, and the nature of the East India Company and their relationship with importers and exporters of Boston. In addition we get an appraisal of the
Dec 16, 2014 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very insightful and truly puts the significance of the Boston Tea Party into its proper context. Although the author is a bit meticulous when it comes to describing the importance of the tea trade in the 18th century, I learned a great deal from this book. The final two chapters are a little awkwardly written and seem to not quite fit with the rest of the text; but again, the information and insight provided in these chapters provide important, historically relevant ideas that I fou ...more
Katy M
Mar 24, 2015 Katy M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of boring. The last chapter before the conclusion is the only really interesting one.
Jun 07, 2016 TJ rated it liked it
During a visit to the Boston Party Tea Museum I was really moved by the patriotic spirit that had captured Boston so long ago. I bought this book as a souvenir of our day and to read more of these courageous and interesting sons of liberty. I enjoyed the tale of the events leading up to the Boston Tea party and of the after effect. I especially loved the tale of the Tea Party and I was happy to know that although no women participated on the ships, they did help the men by blackening faces and p ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
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Carp does an incredibly difficult thing in making a group of individuals out of the mob that participated in the Boston Tea Party. It is a history that encompasses race, gender, and class, yet still manages to tell a large story on a small scale. Well done.
Nov 07, 2013 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Fun fact: A good 20% of this book is plagiarized from "The Boston Tea Party" by Benjamin Labaree. Read pages 85-122 along side pages 109-145 of Labaree's book to see for yourself. Intellectual laziness and academic dishonesty for the win!
Sherie AnnPeterson Peterson
This book is easy to read and full of details. I used it for my website @SherieAnnPeterson.Com.
Pat Bennett
Feb 22, 2015 Pat Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Background of the Boston Tea Party. He went in directions I didn't expect including slave trade and sugar for the tea. It was interesting.
Dennis Gillingham
Mar 26, 2012 Dennis Gillingham rated it liked it
Reads like a history book which is what it is. Glad I read it, but it was a slow go.
May 01, 2012 Buddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I learned a tremendous amount in this book, but it was a bit hard to get though.
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