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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Mob Activity and Social Revolution in Colonial Boston

This Scholars Day Lecture is a presentation of Jedediah T. Twichellís Honors Program Undergraduate Thesis paper. The paperís topic is mob activity and social revolution in colonial Boston from 1689 up until the American Revolution. The presentationís focus is several key Boston riots including the riots of 1689, the food riots of 1710 and 1713, the Knowles riot of 1747, the Stamp Act riots of 1765, the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. The presenter will also speak on mob activities and celebrations, such as Popeís Day, that may have lead to riots becoming such a strong political weapon. The main goals of this presentation include: showing the dual purposes of these riots (class tension and resentment of British policies), illustrating why colonial Boston was an ideal place for these riots and explaining how the nature of these riots changed throughout the eighteenth century culminating in the American Revolution.

Presenter: Jedediah Twichell (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)