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Coffee! We Must Have Coffee!

In A People's History of the United States, Zinn relates Abigail Adams' account of a "coffee party," a 1777 women's uprising similar to the Boston Tea Party:

One eminent, wealthy, stingy merchant (who is a bachelor) had a hogshead of coffee in his store, which he refused to sell the committee under six shillings per pound. A number of females, some say a hundred, some say more, assembled with a cart and trunks, marched down to the warehouse, and demanded the keys, which he refused to deliver. Upon which one of them seized him by his neck and tossed him into the cart. Upon his finding no quarter, he delivered the keys when they tipped up the cart and discharged him; then opened the warehouse, hoisted out the coffee themselves, put it into the trunks and drove off...A large concourse of men stood amazed, silent spectators of the whole transaction.

Impressive. While Julie and I are fiercely loyal to our daily coffee, I doubt if we'd ever go so far as to procure it by brute force.

February 20, 2004 in Books | Permalink


Speak for yourself!

Posted by: Julie at Feb 20, 2004 1:30:57 PM

I'm the pacifist in the family.

Posted by: Pete at Feb 20, 2004 1:50:50 PM