Letter to the editor: Historical inaccuracies in Review’s View

Dan Glenn

To the editorial board of the Washburn Review: Your Review’s View of 13 April 2009 suggested that readers participate in a tax protest similar to that of the Boston Tea Party of 1773 which protested “the Tea Act, which taxed British tea imports.” The Tea Act, however, did NOT raise the tax on tea. In fact, it reduced the price of tea by nearly half. Many colonists resented the British legislation because it gave the East India Company a monopoly to import tea into America. Perhaps a bit of basic research was necessary before plying your readers with misinformation?