The Greenwich Tea Burning: History and Memory in an American Town

Lecture Description

This lecture explores the history and memory of the so-called “Greenwich Tea Burning,” an act of patriotic resistance that took place in the small Delaware Bay town of Greenwich in 1774. Most of the lecture is devoted to the way this event has been remembered by the community from 1774 to the present. The tea-burning has served as a “useable past” for the people of rural Cumberland County, New Jersey and was invoked during tmes of social and cultural change. This lecture would be of interest to local historians, public historians, and anyone interested in the memory of the American Revolution. Much of the research for this lecture stems from the work of “The Greenwich Tea Burning Project,” a small local history project I directed from 2009-2011.


Revolutionary and Early National

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