Boston_Tea_Party_Currier_coloredEvery American student learns about the December 16, 1773 protest, known commonly as the “Boston Tea Party,” at some point in their education.  The actions of American colonists on that night have been memorialized in verse, song, and countless images, from nineteenth-century lithographs pictured above to twenty-first century children’s toys.

But how does the historical memory of the Boston Tea Party match up with the actual events of 1773?  Why has this incident become so iconic in American politics?  Even today, the notion of the “Tea Party” has implications that reach far beyond the 1770s.


The Legos version of the Boston Tea Party

Join us on November 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm in Smathers Library IA as Dr. Benjamin Carp discusses these questions and more in a session sponsored by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere entitled “The Fractured Teapot: Debating the Legacy of the Boston Tea Party.”

Dr. Carp is the author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America, which won the Society of the Cincinnati Cox Book Prize in 2013; and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution.  He has a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and he previously taught at the University of Edinburgh.  He has written for 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.  We’re pleased that he can join us in Gainesville on November 12 and look forward to what promises to be an engaging discussion of the Tea Party’s legacy.


Dr. Benjamin Carp

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