The Real Boston Tea Party

Here is a challenge to any historians out there.

I recently stumbled across an article about the Boston Tea Party that went counter to what I have been consistantly taught up to this point. I have always been led to believe that the tea party was a local revolt against a tax increase by the British Crown. This article claims that the revolt was actualy made against an act of corporate welfare that benifited a large corporation at the expense of local business.

the Boston Tea Party resembled in many ways the growing modern-day protests against transnational corporations and small-town efforts to protect themselves from chain-store retailers or factory farms. The Tea Party’s participants thought of themselves as protesters against the actions of the multinational East India Company

http://www.thomhartmann.com/bl…

Is any or all of this account of events true?

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