Jill Lepore at Old South Meeting House tonight

The Old South Meeting House will host a lecture by Jill Lepore titled “The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle for American History” this evening. I hope you you can join in the fun. the event starts at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public.

Date: 10/7/10
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Old South Meeting House
A Museum and National Historic Landmark
310 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108

Copies of Jill’s new book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History will be available for sale in the Main Hall on the night of the event.

The 1773 Boston Tea Party is an iconic event in American history, a symbol for civic-minded citizens and activist organizations across the political spectrum. Since 2009, the far-right has laid claim to the Tea Party, creating a national campaign against taxation and tyranny in its modern forms. But what resemblance, if any, does this recent movement have to the original protests of 1773? Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore, author of The Whites of Their Eyes, traces the far right’s reactionary embrace of the Tea Party story and explores their yearning for an imagined past.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at the New Yorker. Her books include New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, winner of the Bancroft Prize.