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When Boston Was Closed: Ordinary Bostonians and the Intolerable Acts

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Tuesday, July 02, 2024
This event is live streamed on YouTube. No registration required.

On June 1, 1774, British officials shut down the port of Boston as punishment for the dumping of East India Company tea six months earlier. Overnight, ship traffic stopped and the wharves fell silent.

In this lecture, Joseph M. Adelman discusses how Bostonians lost access to goods and work that they relied on and explore how working people coped with the economic fallout.

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Joseph M. Adelman is an associate professor of history at Framingham State University and an associate editor of The New England Quarterly. He is the author of Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789.

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