U.S. History

"American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked A Revolution"

Harlow Unger

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Harlow Unger presents a history of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred on December 16, 1773.  The author reports that the demonstration against the British collection of import duties was composed "mostly of smugglers and tax evaders" and led by lawyer, James Otis Jr. and brewer, Sam Adams.  Mr. Unger recounts that the protests spread throughout the country and included assaults against opponents of the protests, which spurred George Washington to declare the protestors vandals.  Harlow Unger recalls the Boston Tea Party at Barnes & Noble in New York City.

About the Authors

Harlow Unger

Harlow Unger is the author of numerous books, including biographies of John Hancock and Noah Webster.   Mr. Unger has served as a foreign news editor at The New York Herald Tribune Overseas Service and as a foreign correspondent for the Times and the Sunday Times of London.  For more information, visit harlowgilesunger.com.


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Past Airings

  • Sunday, December 16th at 6pm (ET)
  • Tuesday, May 31st at 6am (ET)
  • Monday, May 30th at 6pm (ET)
  • Sunday, May 8th at 5am (ET)
  • Saturday, April 30th at 11pm (ET)
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