Ep 5. HISTORY of July 4th: Tariffs, Taxation, Coffee, and of course a Revolution
By Nate Eckman
As a symbol of monarchal oppression, tea was rejected, defiled, and as we all know, thrown into the sea. Americans needed a new beverage, one stimulating to the mind and tastebuds, something as exotic and flavorful as, say, coffee. In the second history episode of Resilient Us I celebrate the beverage that helped colonists unite. I talk briefly about tariffs and taxation from America’s first wars, to today’s flare-ups with Iran. A history which, I argue, makes fighting for economic means alone justification for a “moral war.” I share letters John Adams and his wife wrote to one another about their love for coffee. Finally, we look at the food riots of 1777 - also known as the “female riots” - and recall the abysmal living conditions of revolutionaries and how, above all else, they just wanted a damn good cup of coffee. After all that has changed since then, so much about America has remained the same.