The Boston Tea Party
The Foundations of Revolution
by James M. Volo
July 2012, 278pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39874-2
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Millions of Americans are still angry about big business bailouts and wasteful government spending, contributing to the tea party insurgence. The same type of political outrage and sentiment led to the Boston Tea Party rebellion in the late 18th century. The parallels that exist between the two periods illustrate the American people’s fundamental distrust of government throughout history.

This riveting overview of the Boston Tea Party examines the significance of the events that took place before, during, and after the incident and examines the historical, political, and sociological impact on America today.

The Boston Tea Party has been a source of inspiration to the millions of Americans who currently identify with today’s Tea Party Patriots.This fascinating book offers insights into how this historical event prompted the creation of a democratic republic and discusses the resulting influence on modern political views.

The Boston Tea Party: The Foundations of Revolution presents the chronology of events that led to America’s first political insurgency. The author provides an in-depth analysis of the early grassroots movement of the 18th century to the current Tea Party Patriots, separating the facts from the propaganda, and the politics from the policies. The book includes original excerpts from the pre-revolutionary period, along with helpful maps and contemporary illustrations to lend context to the events.


  • A chronology of the iconic events in early American history
  • Selected bibliography of related titles
  • A detailed analysis of the movement
  • Excerpts from early American colonists
James M. Volo, PhD, teaches physics, physical science, and astronomy at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. His published works include Greenwood's Blue Water Patriots: The American Revolution Afloat; Daily Life in Civil War America; Family Life in 19th-Century America; The Antebellum Period; and the Encyclopedia of the Antebellum South.


"Although events and the material covered in this work are available in numerous other studies, the manner of presentation makes this a book that is, in a positive way, easy to read. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries, academic and public."—Choice, February 1, 2013
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