Boston Tea Party

By: Paige Ogle -7th

Background Information

The Boston Tea Party was on May 10 1773, this was when the British America defied against the Tea Act. They threw East India Tea Bags at the East Harbor. They were having a rebellious movement against something they felt was unjust. The tax on tea was so unreasonable that the civilians felt the need to take matters into their own hands. A famous quote from this event was "No Taxation without representation" which showed that society was getting taxed without having any way to stand up to the government.

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Civil Disobedience and The Boston Tea Party

In Thoreau's essay "Civil Disobedience" there are many things that are echoed in the Boston Tea Party. There is a major tie to the fact that in both are opposing the government. In Civil Disobedience, Thoreau "paid no poll-tax for six years" which is similarly what society was doing in the tea party. They did not feel that a tax on tea was fair and they were rebelliously trying to stand up for the community just like Thoreau. Taxes are always something that many people rebel with and that how these stories tie together. Also these are similar in the sense that the people involved in the Boston Tea Party were all rebellious and felt that the government was slow and unfair. Just like in Civil Disobedience when he says, "They take too much time, a man;s life will be gone", which is the same reason so many people stood up for the tea party because they felt they would never get a representative in office and that at that point it would be too late. Overall, the Boston Tea Party was an act of Civil Disobedience as well as many more historical events.