“Tea’s Party: From Boston to Salem and Back Again” – Author Talk at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

160 Derby Street
Salem, MA


Jun 17
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Salem Maritime National Historic Site
160 Derby Street
Salem, MA United States
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(978) 740-1650
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Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be hosting historian James Fichter for “Tea’s Party: From Boston to Salem and Back Again” a special talk on the importance of tea leading up to the American Revolution. This free talk with be hosted at the Salem Armory Regional Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street, Salem) on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
In this talk Fichter reveals that despite the so-called Boston Tea Party of 1773, large shipments of tea from the East India Company were sold in North America, one of them in Boston! The survival of the Boston tea shaped Massachusetts politics in 1774, impeded efforts to reimburse the Company for its losses in Boston Harbor, and hinted at the enduring conflict between consumer demand and revolutionary boycotts. That tension was not confined to Boston. As General Gage and the colonial government relocated to Salem in the summer of 1774, Essex County residents found committing to a boycott just as difficult as Bostonians had.
James Fichter is an historian and Associate Professor in Global and Area Studies at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches on maritime history and the revolutionary Atlantic. He is the author of Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776 (Cornell University Press, 2023) and So Great a Profit: How the East Indies Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism (Harvard, 2010) which examines Salem’s trade to China. He received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard in 2006.
An introduction to the talk will be offered by Emily Murphy, curator for Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites. Murphy will highlight the role of General Thomas Gage in Salem in 1774, and the community response to his arrival.
More information about the event is available at https://go.nps.gov/James-Fichter
This event is part of Salem Maritime’s commemoration of the momentous events in Salem in the summer of 1774.  Visit the site on June 15 and 16 for “By His Excellency’s Command,” a living history event highlighting the arrival of General Gage and British troops in colonial Salem. Learn more about the event at https://go.nps.gov/British-Encampment
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