Political Protest and the World of Goods

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746705
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Political Protest and the World of Goods

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This chapter examines the relationship between the political protests that led to the American Revolution and the commercial expansion which stimulated the production and marketing of goods. It begins with a brief survey of the history and historiography of the period 1763–1774, focusing on the relationship between events and transformations. In particular, the chapter discusses the Stamp Act of 1765 and the rise of tea drinking in North America. The 1763 Treaty of Paris ended a long war between Britain and France over control of North America. Although the British won the war, they had to deal with a huge wartime debt. The government looked to North America for a solution, triggering a decade-long conflict over taxes. The chapter also considers the Tea Act of 1773, the Boston Tea Party, and the political power of goods. Finally, it looks at the importation, marketing, and production of goods in colonial British America.

Keywords: American Revolution; political protests; goods; tea; marketing; commercial expansion; Stamp Act; North America; Britain; taxes

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Subjects: History ; United States History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) ; World History

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