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Are anniversaries for celebrating our triumphs, or hoping for better? Naturally, America’s big commemoration is already politicized.

On December 16, Boston hosted the opening act in our nation’s big birthday celebration. Reenactors threw into the harbor at Griffin's Wharf an estimated 5,000 pounds of tea sent by well-wishers around the world.

The Sons of Liberty knew that Governor Thomas Hutchinson would never let the ships return to London with the tea still aboard. So they gathered some reliable men, prepared disguises, and waited.

On December 16, 1773, at a crowded meeting in the largest church in Boston, the leather-dresser Adam Collson supposedly shouted, “Boston Harbor a tea-pot this night!” 

Enlisting an army of alter egos, Adams used the Boston press to make the case for American independence and to orchestrate a burgeoning rebellion.

Sixteen historic sites in Boston remind Americans of the events that led to our nation’s birth, from the Boston Massacre to Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution.

Editor's Note: Brent Glass is Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the author of 50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S., from which this essay is adapted. 
When one of the wealthiest men in the Colonies sided with the Patriot cause, he was called a “wretched and plundered tool of the Boston rebels.”
Like Abou Ben Adhem, his name led all the rest.

Had a tempest not thwarted his plans, George Washington might have lost the Revolution in the first major operation he commanded

That George Washington drove the British out of Boston in early March 1776 is known to almost every schoolboy who has studied the American Revolution, but a disturbing aspect of this crucial event is not recognized even by most of the experts.

Many a book, a magazine, a play, a movie, has been banned in Boston. But Christmas?

Many a book, a magazine, a play, a movie, has been banned in Boston. But Christmas?

When Boston’s police walked out, a great city erupted in violence. By doggedly doing nothing, Governor Coolidge emerged as a national hero

The battle between rebels and redcoats that should have taken place at Bunker Hill was fought at Breed’s instead. It was the first of many costly mistakes for both sides

In Boston, where one in six was dying of the plague, the great preacher battled for a new and radical idea.

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Participants describe the opening of the American Revolution

Participants describe the opening of the American Revolution

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