Boston Tea Party

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Campaign Financial Contributions and the Electoral Process in the United States [The Boston Tea Party]

Student: Arleta Dunlap
Course: POS 2311-05 American National Government
Semester: Fall, 2011
Professor: Dr. Mordu Serry-Kamal
Institution: Winston-Salem State University
Date: November 28, 2011

I. Introduction “Tea Party Myths” is an article about the event that took place on December 16, 1773 in Boston, Massachusetts. It refers to a few different misconceptions or “myths” about the event, and discusses the accurate facts of that historic day. The author of the article is Ray Raphael. The author of this article has advanced because he clearly points out the facts of the Boston Tea Party that many people do not know. There are so many misinterpretations of the event, and he pointed them out with accuracy. II. Literature Review
The author is trying to make three specific points regarding misconceptions of the Boston Tea Party, as well as make a few factual points about the event in general. The first myth that Raphael referred to was that the whole event began because of higher taxes on tea. Tea was a major commodity at that time and it is believed by some that the colonist rebelled due to these taxes that were implemented. The truth of the matter is that there was actually a tax break for the colonists. The author states that the issue was not a rise in taxes, but the fact that the colonists had no part in the decision making. The author also corrected the idea that the tea taxes were a heavy burden on the Americans. This was not true because the taxes were only three pence per pound which was not very much at all. The author talks about the Townshed Revenue Act of 1767. This put import taxes on paper, paint, lead, and glass which caused a major uproar amongst the colonists. After many protests and boycotts the British government repealed…...

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