The Townshend Acts marked a new radical phase in the crisis that eventually destroyed Britain's empire. When Parliament enacted the law in 1767, it seemed as though the imperial stresses at the end of the Seven Years' War could be contained. Just over a year later, occupied Boston was the toast of radical patriots throughout George III's dominions, and observers began to wonder whether Britain's days as an imperial power were numbered.
University of New Hampshire Professor of History Eliga Gould tells the fascinating story of this transformation - as it appeared to Bostonians and from the standpoint of people on the far shores of the Atlantic.
One of four lectures in the series "Lead, Glass, Paper, Tea: The Townshend Acts, Colonial Unrest, and the Occupation of Boston, 1768." Part of the Lowell Lecture Series presented by the Paul Revere Memorial Association at Old South Meeting House.
BIO: Eliga H. Gould
Professor Eliga H. Gould has taught at University of New Hampshire since 1992. His books include The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution (2000), which won the Jamestown Prize from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World (2005), co-edited with Peter Onuf. In 2004, the American Society for Legal History named his article "Zones of Law, Zones of Violence: The Legal Geography of the British Atlantic, circa 1772", William and Mary Quarterly (2003), co-winner of the Sutherland Prize for best article in English legal history.