the Boston Tea Party (8:26)
This segment contains video excerpts
from the core course HSB40. Professor Ulrich explores the varied
ways in which the Boston Tea Party has been remembered over time.
When Thomas Jefferson listed
the "pursuit of happiness" as one of the unalienable rights
of humankind, he offered future generations an evocative but elusive
vision of the good society. This course explores the competing
visions of "happiness" that animated political and social
life in the half century surrounding the American revolution.
Was happiness best achieved through collective commitment to public
good? Through submission to God? Or in the possession
of property and the cultivation of private affections? And
what happened when happiness became misery or its pursuit provoked
political rebellion, riot, scandal, and crime?