TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT – Presented by Professor Richard Bell on Zoom – For ages 55+ -- The Boston Tea Party was a response to the 1773 Tea Act, legislation designed to reduce tea smuggling within the British Empire and boost the sales of tea imported to the American colonies by the East India Company, a mega corporation with an all-too-cozy relationship to the British Government. But, of course, it all backfired spectacularly. In this program, historian Dr. Richard Bell argues that the resulting Boston Tea Party marks the first major protest in America against corporate greed and the effects of globalization.
Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award.
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