The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party

The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party
Robert J. Allison
Professor of History, Suffolk University
February 21, 2013

The people of Massachusetts had more power over their own government than anyone else in the British Empire. Bitterness and resentment festered among these independent-minded colonists as the Crown raised taxes on American goods and sent soldiers to enforce the new policies. These rising tensions eventually led to outward expressions of resistance, most notably the Boston Massacre in 1770 and the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Professor Allison sets the stage for these dramatic events and chronicles how they led to all-out war between Great Britain and her American colonies.

Part 1 of 9: Pre-Revolutionary Boston: Setting the Stage for a “Massacre” (10:08)

Part 2 of 9: An Ineffective Boycott and the Mood in Boston (9:15)

Part 3 of 9: March 5, 1770: The Boston Massacre (11:34)

Part 4 of 9: British Soldiers on Trial (13:32)

Part 5 of 9: Legacy of the Boston Massacre (12:11)

Part 6 of 9: The Tea Party: A Pivotal Moment for the Revolution (7:14)

Part 7 of 9: Tea, Taxes, and East India Company (9:15)

Part 8 of 9: December 16, 1773: The Boston Tea Party (14:23)

Part 9 of 9: Impact of the Tea Party: The Empire Strikes Back (5:13)


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