The Stamp Act: Troubling their Neighbors

WED, SEP 9, 2015 (58:02)

Boston Mobilizes against the Stamp Act. Just after the conclusion of the French and Indian War, the Parliament of Great Britain passed a series of policies intended to reshape the workings of its American empire.

Colonial Boston already had a history of antagonistic dealings with imperial officials, and the townspeople reacted violently in response to the Stamp Act of 1765. Paul Revere belonged to a waterfront community that mobilized a strong coalition against the Stamp Act. Although royal officials attempted to divide Bostonians along class lines, the town stood unified.

Professor Benjamin L. Carp will illuminate Boston’s waterfront community, describe the actions of its radical coalition, and explain why Revere and his compatriots were so successful.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

+ BIO: Benjamin Carp

Benjamin Carp is associate professor of history at Tufts University specializing in colonial, revolutionary, and early American History. He is the author of the 2007 publication, Rebels Rising: Cities in the American Revolution. Currently, Professor Carp is author of "Defiance of the Patriots" which looks at the global and local history of the Boston Tea Party, as well as its uncertain legacy.

Partner
Paul Revere Memorial Association
Series
Exploring the Stamp Act: Hangings in Effigy, Crowd Actions, and Funerals for “Liberty”
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