[Ads-l] "Boston Tea party"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Thu Jun 1 07:37:23 EDT 2017

The 1773 event in Boston was not immediately called the "Boston Tea Party" according to Alfred F. Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution (1999). Young draws attention to 1834 and 1835 books as popularizing that name. Perhaps somewhere earlier uses of the name have been noted. If not:

1825, Dec. 30, p. 1, c. 4. [Readex] New-York American for the Country. A toast given at a dinner o the 205th anniversary of the Plymouth Rock landing:

"By W. P. Hawes--The Boston tea-party--May tyrants and oppressors throughout the world, be speedily invited to a like entertainment,"

1826, Feb 4. multiple newspapers. "One of the party of 'about forty unknown people dressed like Indians,' who boarded the ship Eleanor, in Boston, in 1773, and threw overboard 114 chests of tea, now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is, says the Crisis, a temperate, hardy old veteran, supports his family by the sweat of his brow, and often boasts of the "_Boston Tea Party_"

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