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Amazon logo Labaree, Benjamin Woods. The Boston Tea Party. Originally published by Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1964. Now available from Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 1979. ISBN: 9780930350055.

Students should read this book by Session 2, paying particular attention to the basic narrative of The Boston Tea Party in chapters V, VI and VII, pp. 80-145, but also reading earlier chapters on the background of the event. There is also a succinct narrative of Boston's opposition to the dutied tea in the Upton article listed under that topic.

2-6The Boston Tea Party, 1773Young, Alfred F. "George Robert Twelves Hewes (1742-1840): A Boston Shoemaker and the Memory of the American Revolution." The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, 38, no. 4 (Oct. 1981): 561-623.

Readings on The Boston Tea Party: Introduction

Maier, Pauline. "Popular Uprisings and Civil Authority in Eighteenth-Century America." In William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, XXVII (1970): 3-35.

Upton, L. F. S. "Proceedings of Ye Body Respecting the Tea." Ibid, XXII (1965): 87-300.

Frothingham's, Richard. Presentation to a special "Tea Party Anniversary" meeting of the Massachusetts Historical Society on December 16, 1873. In Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, XIII, 1873-1875. Boston, MA, 1875, 156-83.

"Destruction of the Tea in the Harbor of Boston, December 16, 1773." In Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 4th Series, no. IV. Boston, MA, 1858, pp. 372-86.

Amazon logo Adams, John. Diary entry for December 17, 1773, and selections from number VI of his "Novanglus" newspaper essays, first published in 1774 to answer another essayist who wrote as "Massachusettensis." In The Works of John Adams. Edited by Charles Francis Adams. New York, NY: AMS Press, 1988. pp. 323-24 and III: pp. 79-93, 98-99. ISBN: 9780404003104.
7First Discussion of Papers: What Makes for a Good Topic
8-12The "Boston [Anti-] Slave Riot" and the Case of Anthony Burns, Boston, 1854Readings on The Anthony Burns Crisis in Boston

Amazon logo H., Jane, and William H. Pease. The Fugitive Slave Law and Anthony Burns: A Problem in Law Enforcement. Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; and Toronto, Canada: Lippincott, 1975, pp. 5-8, 3-54, and 71-98. ISBN: 9780397473298.

Schwartz, Harold. "Fugitive Slave Days in Boston." New England Quarterly XXVII (1854): 191-212.

Boston Slave Riot, and Trial of Anthony Burns. Containing the Report of the Faneuil Hall Meeting; The Murder of Batchelder; Theodore Parker's Lesson for the Day; Speeches of Counsel on Both Sides. Corrected by Themselves; A Verbatim Report of Judge Loring's Decision; and Detailed Account of the Embarkation. Boston, MA: Fetridge and Company, 1854.

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Cheerful Yesterdays. Boston, MA, and New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1900, pp. 132-66.

Adams, Charles Francis. Chapter XIV in Richard Henry Dana: A Biography. Vol I. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1891, pp. 262-82.

Thoreau, Henry David. "Anti-Slavery in Massachusetts." In Thoreau, Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers. Montreal, Canada: Harvest House, 1963, pp. 26-41. (Out of print.)
13Second Discussion of Papers: Doing Research
14-18The Textile Workers' Strike at Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1912Amazon logo Dubofsky, Melvyn. We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1979, pp. 227-263. ISBN: 9780252014086.

Readings on The Lawrence Textile Workers' Strike

Neill, Charles P. Report on the Strike of Textile Workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1912. Washington, DC, 1912, pp. 9-28, 31-68, and 496-505.

The Strike at Lawrence, Mass. Hearings before the Committee on Rules of the [U.S.] House of Representatives….March 2-7, 1912. Washington, DC: GPO, 1912, pp. 31-52, 57-92, 98-124, 234-247, 261-355, and 412-454.

"The Lawrence Strike from Various Angles." Survey, April 6, 1912, 65-82.

Heaton, James P. "The Salem Trial." Survey, December 1912, 301-04.

Weyl, Walter E. "The Strikers at Lawrence." Outlook, February 10, 1912, 309-12.

Cole, John N. "The Issue at Lawrence." Outlook, February 24, 1912, 405-06.
19Third Discussion of Papers: The Preparation of Final Drafts
20-24The Student Uprising at Columbia University, 1968From the Readings

Amazon logo Bell, Daniel. "Columbia and the New Left." In Confrontation: The Student Rebellion and the Universities. Edited by Daniel Bell, and Irving Kristol. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1969, pp. 67-107. ASIN: B000AY5UGK.

Amazon logo McCaughey, Robert. Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2003, pp. 1754-2004. ISBN: 9780231130080.

Crisis at Columbia: Report of the Fact-Finding Commission Appointed to Investigate the Disturbances at Columbia University in April and May 1968. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1969, pp. 63-155 and 205-15. (Out of print.)

Amazon logo Avorn, Jerry L., et. al. Up Against the Ivy Wall. New York, NY: Scribner, 1968, Appendix I and II, pp. 285-97. ISBN: 9780689702365.

Kunen, James Simon. The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary. New York, NY: Random House, 1969, pp. 15-55. (Out of print.)

Truman, David B. "The Dilemmas of an Unavoidable Confrontation." Lecture, ca. 1969.


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