The New Yorker looks at the history of The Boston Tea Party and how the event has been appropriated by people of different political leanings ever since. "Beginning even before it was over, the American Revolution has been put to wildly varying political ends. Federalists claimed its legacy; so did anti-Federalists. Jacksonian Democrats said they were the true sons of the Revolution. No, Whigs said, we are. The Union claimed the Revolution; so did the Confederacy."