Sunday, January 23, 2011
While I'm waiting for my copy of Ratification, I started reading T.H. Breen's The Marketplace of Revolution. His focus is on the consumer society that was already in place before the revolution and how their "boycott" of British goods played a significant part in the revolution. The introduction is very good, noting the display of early consumer goods in the Wallace Gallery of the Colonial Williamsburg, pointing to this particular teapot and the ironic message it carried. There were many times the colonists could have rebelled, dating back to the 1688 Glorious Revolution, but they picked a particular time and place. It will be very interesting to read how he interprets this.