In the days and weeks following the events of 5 march 1770, boston residents wrote diary entries and letters trying to make sense of what exactly had happened that evening on king street. The most incendiary was the so-called boston massacre of march 5, 1770 on that day, a single sentry was on duty at the customs house on king street, present-day state street an argument broke out between the soldier and a local merchant, who was struck with the butt of a musket during the confrontation. The boston massacre was an extremely important event in american history also, it a very controversial topic to this day, no one can really give an accurate description of the events that transpired the boston massacre was not a random event at all many actions led up to the massacre as a. The boston massacre was the killing of five colonists by british soldiers on march 5, 1770 it was the culmination of civilian-military tensions that had been growing since royal troops first.
The boston massacre was a defining moment in american history(1) many people believe that the boston massacre was a spur of the moment event this is totally false this is totally false the french and indian war put england in debt making england look for other sources of income. Editorial boston massacre in 1770, british troops opened fire on a group of bostonians, killing five colonists in confusion the following is a list of facts and. On the second anniversary of the boston massacre, hundreds of boston colonists gathered to remember the event and the victims dr joseph warren delivered a speech that not only commemorated the event, but also stirred feelings of liberty and revolution for all in attendance.
The boston massacre, known as the incident on king street by the british, was an incident on march 5, 1770, in which british army soldiers shot and killed five people while under attack by a mob. The boston massacre started the american revolution on march 5, 1770 protesters were protesting on the streets of boston because of the ridiculous taxes that the british had put on commonly used. This lesson is focused on the boston massacre it will be taught in a sixth grade classroom in the american revolution unit it will be an opportunity for students to look at a historical event from multiple perspectives using corroborating evidence.
On the evening of 5 march 1770, a confrontation between british soldiers and a boisterous crowd in front of the custom house on king street in boston, massachusetts had deadly results and the event quickly became known as the boston massacre. The boston massacre was a deadly riot that occurred on march 5, 1770, on king street in boston it began as a street brawl between american colonists and a lone british soldier, but quickly. Boston massacre, (march 5, 1770), skirmish between british troops and a crowd in boston, massachusettswidely publicized, it contributed to the unpopularity of the british regime in much of north america in the years before the american revolution.
Opinions on boston massacre here you have a list of opinions about boston massacre and you can also give us your opinion about it you will see other people's opinions about boston massacre and you will find out what the others say about it. The boston massacre on the cold, snowy night of march 5, 1770, a mob of american colonists gathers at the customs house in boston and begins taunting the british soldiers guarding the building. The boston massacre was merely a feeble shooting the colonists usso as to get someed it as propaganda by calling it a massacre, to make it sound like it was a very serious event. By the beginning of 1770, there were 4,000 british soldiers in boston, a city with 15,000 inhabitants, and tensions were running high on the evening of march 5, crowds of day laborers, apprentices, and merchant sailors began to pelt british soldiers with snowballs and rocks. An interdependent relationship between media and public opinion featured heavily in events that transpired following the boston massacre public opinion was on one part a strong ideological force that seemed to influence opinions or views aired in media as well as other societal organs such as politics, culture, and economy (york, 2010.
In the boston massacre detail from newspaper showing four coffins of men killed in the boston massacre, the boston gazette, and country journal, march 12, 1770. A british eyewitness account of the boston massacre on monday night about 8 o'clock two soldiers were attacked and beat but the party of the townspeople in order to carry matters to the utmost length, broke into two meeting houses and rang the alarm bells, which i supposed was for fire as usual, but was soon undeceived. Boston massacre trials british soldiers occupied the city of boston for a tension-filled 18 months before mutual hatred turned to outright violence the events of march 5, 1770, which resulted in the deaths of five americans, were described as the boston massacre by patriot propagandists. Crispus attucks (c1723 - march 5, 1770) was an american stevedore of african and indian descent, widely regarded as the first person killed in the boston massacre and thus the first american killed in the american revolutionary war.
In this lesson, students will be asked to learn the disputed and agreed-upon facts of the boston massacre in small groups and then discuss them and propose a website definition of the massacre as a class this lesson should not only provide students with an opportunity to look at disparate. Boston massacre & the trial benjamin franklin's views on the boston tea party a speedy reparation will immediately set us right in the opinion of all. Who's at fault is pretty hard to judge, throw in an angry mob and nervous military personal who carry guns and feel threaten and it can get very ugly very fast, even in modern times, plus there were a series of events that lead up to the boston massacre.
Biased reporting/boston massacre, 1770 page 3 five days after the incident, british general gage described it in a letter to an official in england. In my opinion, the three major ones are the stamp act (1765), the boston massacre (1770), and the boston tea party/the intolerable acts (1774) england brought the american revolution onto them when they did such terrible things to the colonists. John adams was the defense attorney for the british redcoats and captain preston during the boston massacre trials read about how he defended the soldiers.