The Boston Port Bill, one of the four Coercive Acts of 1775, closed Boston Harbor to all trade and commerce, thereby affecting the local job market. Although Parliamentary laws negatively affected all of the Colonies, Boston’s economy, which relied heavily on its shipping industry, was particularly affected. How did the local job market affect the formation of America? What explains the social and economic origins of the American Revolution? This course concentrates on the social, economic, and occupational conditions between 1770 and 1775. Students will write 3 short papers that analyze the social and economic conditions during this period and explains how such conditions led to the American Revolution.