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Coercion, Conflict, and Consensus: Revolution is Brewing (Anew!) in Boston

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Doors open at 5:30pm - Game starts at 6pm- Talk starts at 7:30pm
Only the talk will be livestreamed on Youtube

In the wake of the Boston Tea Party, the British government in 1774 sought to rein in Massachusetts colonists with a series of harsh laws that closed Boston’s port and severely limited the right to representative government and due process of law. The fallout from these so-called Coercive Acts, including the attempted dissolution of the colony’s legislative branch, sparked intense debates within the community and became a critical factor on the road to the American Revolution.

Historians and current Massachusetts elected officials discuss and answer the audience questions on the meaning of the Coercive Acts today, with a particular focus on the role of the Massachusetts Legislature in our constitutional scheme of state government. The topics heatedly debated at the time—competing interpretations of representative government, the relative powers of the executive and legislative branches, the role of the individual and community in relation to government proper , and the consequences of resisting arbitrary power—still resonate strongly today.

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Paul Brodeur most recently served as Mayor of the City of Melrose, Massachusetts. Prior to his tenure as Mayor, Paul served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for ten years, from 2011 through 2020, where he represented the communities of Melrose, Wakefield, and a section of Malden.
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA is Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education.
**Nat Sheidley **is the President and CEO of Revolutionary Spaces, an organization that stewards Boston’s Old State House and Old South Meeting House. He was formerly Executive Director of the Bostonian Society and Assistant Professor of American and Native American History at Wellesley College. He is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University.
Mike Deehan is a reporter for Axios Boston. He was GBH News' State House reporter from June 2015 to March 2022.

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