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Bell Ringer: Boston Tea Party Debate

Boston Tea Party Debate

On the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, re-enactors and observers recreated the debate that took place in the Old South Meeting House, blocks away from Griffin’s Wharf. On December 16, 1773 thousands of Massachusetts colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House in Boston to discuss a shipment of tea that had recently arrived in port from Britain. The arrival of the tea escalated an already existing debate over the new tea tax, and the Sons of Liberty led an effort to protest the King’s new measure. After the debate, colonists marched to Griffin’s Wharf and dumped the tea into Boston Harbor.

Description

On the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, re-enactors and observers recreated the debate that took place in the Old South Meeting House, blocks away from Griffin’s Wharf. On December 16, 1773 thousands of Massachusetts colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House in Boston to discuss a shipment of tea that had recently arrived in port from Britain. The arrival of the tea escalated an already existing debate over the new tea tax, and the Sons of Liberty led an effort to protest the King’s new measure. After the debate, colonists marched to Griffin’s Wharf and dumped the tea into Boston Harbor.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Identify the key resolutions regarding the cargo of tea that were determined as a result of the meetings at the Old South Meeting House.
  • Explain the position of Captain Francis Rotch regarding his shipment of tea from Britain.
  • Describe the reactions among colonists.
  • Explain the argument of "representation" that is presented.
  • What was Sam Adam's position regarding the role of governors?

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Despot
    • Duty
    • Francis Rotch
    • Gov. Thomas Hutchinson
    • Merchant
    • Parliament
    • Paul Revere
    • Sam Adams
    • Sons Of Liberty
    • The Dartmouth
    • Tyrant

    Topics

    State HistoryU.S. History