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What Crime Most Changed the Course of History?

A big question

Source: Graham Roumieu

Benjamin Percy, writer, Green Arrow and Teen Titans

If the Sons of Liberty, in defiance of the Tea Act, hadn’t boarded those ships in Boston Harbor in 1773 and heaved overboard shipments from the East India Company, then the British Parliament wouldn’t have responded with the Intolerable Acts. The American Revolution might not have erupted into all-out war, and the Constitution might not have been written.


Tana French, author, The Trespasser

precipitated World War I, which reshaped large

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