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This Day in Boston History

May 28th, 2001

Joe Moakley

On this day, fifteen-term Congressman Joseph Moakley died in office. In 1972 he ran for Congress as an Independent, allowing him to bypass what promised to be a divisive Democratic primary focused on mandatory bussing of students to achieve racial balance.

Among Mr. Moakley's accomplishments include bringing attention to corruption in the US backed El Salvadorian military, securing funding to begin Boston's "Bid Dig". and chairing the House's influential Rule's committee.

In April of 2001 a federal court house named in Congressman Moakley's honor was dedicated in South Boston.

 


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.


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