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Tea: The First Wicked Weed

Tuesday May 25, 2021
6:30 PM until 7:30 PM


Flyer for Tea: The First Wicked WeedJoin Storrs Library as historian Dory Codington explores the material culture shifts leading up to the American Revolution.

In December 1767, the Town Meeting of Harvard, Massachusetts voted to discourage the sale and purchase of items as varied as tea, carriages, and ready-made clothing. Material culture had increasingly made women’s lives easier, and so the rejection of it shows us that consumers were willing to separate themselves from Britain. Much of the rhetoric at the beginning of this path toward the Revolution centered on tea, that "wicked weed."

Dory Codington is a local historian and novelist. As a Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall Guide, for the National Park Service, she began to investigate the social changes that were necessary to embrace the higher notion of Independence and America’s break from Great Britain. She has three novels set during this time period: Cardinal Points, Beside Turning Water and Fate and Fair Winds.

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