David M. Gold is the author or editor of seven books, including 'The Shaping of Nineteenth-Century Law: John Appleton and Responsible Individualism' and 'Democracy in Session: A History of the Ohio General Assembly.' He has also published numerous articles in legal and historical journals. He received a law degree and doctorate in history at The Ohio State University and currently works as an attorney for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.
Supporters of today's Tea Party movement claim the Boston Tea Party of 1773 as their inspiration, while scholars dismiss the connection. Neither camp pays much attention to intervening years; both overlook one of the great populist movements. Yet 19th-century Americans who were fed up with reckless government spending, high taxes, and crony capitalism launched a campaign for smaller government.