Thom Hartmann said so. In Hartmann’s reading, the 1773 Boston Tea Party was as much a protest against corporate oligarchy as a protest against government — quite the opposite of the way most Neo Tea Partiers see things. Is he right? Historians, what say you?
Hartmann relies on his copy of George R. T. Hewes’ book, A retrospect of the Boston tea-party, with a memoir of George R. T. Hewes, a survivor of the little band of patriots who drowned the tea in Boston harbour in 1773 (1834). Are you familiar with the book?
More, and resources:
- George R. T. Hewes’ Retrospective in various formats for free download at archive.com
- J. L. Bell, of course, wrote about Hewes at his grand history blog, Boston 1775. (Here’s a sample post.) History teachers, if you don’t have Boston 1775 bookmarked, you’re not doing your internet job