We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes two different two-part sequences: “Taxation Without Representation” and “Colonial Tea Parties”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read them as a sequence, or you can choose which you want to peruse below. Enjoy!

Taxation Without Representation

Lord North, purblind to the rights of a continent,
eye on a few London merchants…

Ezra Pound (1885-1972), Canto LXII

Part One

The duty was voted at a time when the English at home were charged a tea tax amounting to over 100 percent of its value, but the amount was not the issue to the colonists. They were willing to pay the same taxes as any other British subjects, but were determined…(Read more)

Part Two

By eliminating the tax of over 100 percent, the Company directors were sure to undersell the Dutch in America. The threepenny colonial tax seemed to them…(Read more)

Colonial Tea Parties

No! Ne’er was mingled such a draught
In palace, hall or arbor,
As freemen brewed and tyrants quaffed
That night in Boston Harbor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-94),
Ballad of the Boston Tea Party

Part One

Having appointed agents in Charleston, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, the Company sent its first tea consignments on their way in the autumn of 1773, despite a warning from the New York consignee that…(Read more)

Part Two

The fame of the Boston Tea Party has obscured the other tea protests, but others there were aplenty. Patriots disguised themselves…(Read more)

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