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The Choice for Revolution
The Boston Tea Party
John Adams' Choice

The Boston Tea PartyAlthough he had not liked his fellow colonists' destructive response to the Stamp Act eight years earlier, John Adams applauded the Boston Tea Party. He wrote in his Diary, "There is a Dignity, a Majesty, a Sublimity, in this last Effort of the Patriots, that I greatly admire." By 1774 Adams believed that American colonists no longer had a choice. The Tea Act was yet another unjust attempt by England to make the colonies pay for its vast empire.

If Governor Hutchinson and other American loyalists to the British crown would no longer listen to reason, thought Adams, then maybe they would notice force. But things were going to get much worse. After the Tea Party, the British responded with brutal measures designed to crush the American resistance.

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