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How Did Tea and Taxes Spark a Revolution? / by Linda Gondosch

 

Title: How Did Tea and Taxes Spark a Revolution? And Other Questions About the Boston Tea Party
Author:  Linda Gondosch
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58013-666-2
Year: 2011

Concepts: taxes, monopoly, economic role of government, economic history

Review:  “No taxation without representation” has become one of the most famous mantras of the events leading up to the U.S. Revolutionary War.  The slogan grew out of the growing frustration among colonists in being required to pay a host of taxes to the British government without having representatives there. 

Earlier during colonial times, the British government had not enforced the tax laws it had passed to earn revenues from trade with the American colonies. However, the French and Indian War of the mid-1700s left Great Britain with an enormous debt, and it passed and enforced a series of acts that imposed import taxes and other kinds of duties. The colonists, however, took numerous actions to avoid paying these taxes.  They boycotted British imports, smuggled products from other countries, produced their own home-made goods, and placed unrelenting pressure on agents loyal to the British.  In the most dramatic and well-known act of resistance, a group of colonists known as patriots dumped three shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor to avoid paying the tea tax.

This book offers readers an informative account of the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party.  With its detailed background on the history of Britain’s taxation of its colonies, the reader gains a clear understanding of the economic rationale behind the colonists' disgruntlement with the British government and their fight for independence.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children


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