Thugs and Gangsters – The Real Story of the Boston Tea Party

Harlow Giles Unger
Show Date
January 6, 2013
American Revolution Constitution
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Guest: Harlow Giles Unger


According to the mission statement of, β€œIt was the brave souls of the men and women in 1773, known today as the Boston Tea Party, who dared to defy the greatest military might on earth. We are the beneficiaries of their courage.” What rubbish. How can we expect young Americans to embrace the values of our founders if they are taught a fabricated account of the seminal moments in Revolutionary history? In regards to this matter, our classrooms do not teach – they indoctrinate! And there is no better example than our understanding of the Boston Tea Party. Sam Adams and his gang of lawless thugs terrorized Boston, vandalized private property and tortured citizens who broke no laws. While the movement they initiated resulted in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, their means were abhorrent. Before Michelle Bachmann, Paul Ryan and others embraced the Tea Party as their embodiment, they should have learned about the background of the real Tea Party, and you should too. In this episode, Bob is joined by leading American historian, educator, journalist and broadcaster Harlow Giles Unger who has just written β€œAmerican Tempest – How The Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution.” Enough with the β€œfiscal cliff.” Bob also discusses recent events from a purely Libertarian perspective.