ERA 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754–1820s)

"The Sparck of Rebellion" (Boston Tea Party), by Douglas Brinkley

Guiding Questions

When did the American Revolution begin?

Who is to blame for the conflict between American Radicals and the British government?

Were American Radicals looking for any excuse to fight with the British?

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party


The essay "The Sparck of Rebellion" by historian Douglas Brinkley provides a good introduction to a topic which is far more complex than generally thought. The essay should be used in conjunction with a primary text or other sources so that students can better understand the event. The probable motivations of the belligerent parties, to the extent that anyone two hundred years later can fathom them, should be outlined for students as they study the birth pangs of the United States.

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