“The Birth of the Liberty Tree” By Robert J. Allison
What were the long-term consequences of Boston's resistance to the Stamp Act? A broad mobilization of Bostonians demolished property and forced Crown officials to resign, the British government rescinded the law, and both sides felt they had averted a bigger crisis. But had they? We will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act with this lecture that examines the importance of the Stamp Act Crisis, both for those who lived through it and for future generations.
Robert J. Allison is chairman of the History Department of Suffolk University in Boston and teaches courses in American history and the history of Boston, both there and at the Harvard Extension School. His books include The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815 (2000), A Short History of Boston (2004), Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero (2005), The Boston Massacre (2006), and The Boston Tea Party (2007).