The Boston Massacre is an event most Americans and British students learn about over the course of their education. In America, we learn that British soldiers fired upon innocent civilians, although this may not have been the case. British historians have referred to the Boston Massacre as the "Incident on King Street". After looking over the "Captain Thomas Preston 's Account of the Boston Massacre", as well as "Boston Massacre Trial Depositions" I believe that American historians should refer to the "Boston Massacre" as the "Incident on King Street". The definition of a massacre refers to an unnecessary and random killing of a large number of individuals.
Revolutionary War One cause of the Revolutionary War was the Boston Massacre. The four graves and nickname “Horrid Massacre” shows that the colonists were angry and enraged at the British troops for killing innocent people (Document 3). The colonists believed that British troops should have not fired because they were unarmed and just throwing snowballs, however, from the soldier 's ' point of view, they believed that the colonists are guilty because they were throwing clubs, ice and other sharp things. Also, the colonists were telling the soldiers to fire at them thus confusing them into thinking that their commander was saying “fire”. The angry colonists sought revenge and independence against the British.
According to Captain Thomas Preston in Document B, “On this, a general attack was made on the men by a great number of heavy clubs and snowballs being thrown at them.” This quote is a statement from the commander of the British squad on King Street, Boston. He explained that the colonists had been dangering the lives of the guards on duty. Since the purpose of the soldiers was to protect crown officials, the attack on the soldiers was an attempt to get past them and harm crown officials, which warrants their firing even if nobody gave an order. This evidence supports the colonists being responsible for the Boston Massacre because the British soldiers had a valid reason to shoot a colonist who is a threat to a British crown official or a British soldier, and colonists chucking heavy clubs and snowballs at soldiers were viewed as dangers to both the soldiers and the crown
The soldiers were in the wrong for firing upon citizens and killing a few innocent bystanders, but the citizens were in the wrong for causing a riot and attacking the soldiers with sticks, stones, and snowballs. Eric Hinderaker puts it this way, “the shootings triggered a war of words in which truth was the first casualty” (Smith). The reason the Boston Massacre was labeled a massacre is because the first publications of newspaper labeled the altercation a massacre and blaming the British. Samual Adams and Paul Revere used these publications to put a negative shadow on the Coy 3 British and make it look like the British planned the attack. After the dust settled, they
In 1770, there were 4,000 red coats roaming the streets of Boston. As a result of the Great Awakening in the 1730s-40s, the highly spiritual colonists had a strong dislike for the bad behavior of the red coats. This caused what is known as the Boston Massacre. The Boston Massacre was the first extremely violent encounter between the British and the colonists with shots fired from the red coats. Oddly enough, this resulted in a period of calm.
First of all, the Boston Massacre occurred on March 5th, 1770. An out of control and snowballing crowd caused British soldiers to support an overwhelmed post. These soldiers took matters into their own hands and opened fire on the colonists. Therefore, three colonists immediately
“John Adams, Robert Auchmuty Jr., and Josiah Quincy Jr. are retained to defend Preston and his men,” 2 in a trial where they were found guilty. The events of the riot where utilized as a justification for the colonists to launch the War for Independence. The first perspective that was generated regarding the events of the Boston Massacre was that the British soldiers purposely attacked the colonists. With the oppression of the colonists being part of a concerted effort by the British to receive taxes.
The life women in the American colonies was treacherous, yet rewarding. There was so much death and sickness around at the beginning of the new world it is a wonder anyone survived. Had it not been for the nurturing and healing offered by women, this country may have never gotten itself off the ground. Women took care of the home, and the family and this remained the main focal point of the American colonial women. Although women’s lives changed exponentially over the century and a half, especially during the market revolution and the second great awakening, the true belief of what a woman was remained unchanged.
For women in the Southern Colonies had very few legal rights such as not being able to vote or preach. Most women had difficult jobs most of the women 's jobs were being homemakers. Life for the women were hard and unforgiving. Life for the colonial women had to work on farms.
If the following events didn’t take place we wouldn’t have America. In my opinion the Boston Massacre was one of the very main causes to why the Road to Revolution took place. The reason I believe this was an important cause because it was, “ the first episode which resulted in the loss of life.” It is stated that, “Four Bostonians were killed when Redcoats fired into an angry mob.”
“FIRE, FIRE, DAMN YOU, FIRE! I DARE YOU!” yelled the colonists on the street as they threw snowballs, rocks, shells and clubs at the British soldiers. This was the beginning of what was called the Boston Massacre, it occurred on the night of March 5th, 1770. On this night, five men and boys were killed because of the confusion between the soldiers and the colonists.
On the night of March 5, 1770, A major conflict between the American Colonists and British soldiers arose on King street. The British were taxing the Colonists, and the Colonists were protesting and boycotting against the taxes creating tension between the two sides. Since this happened, the British soldiers are the ones to blame for the Boston Massacre. The British Soldiers are responsible for the Boston Massacre According to the Committee of Boston, (Sam Adams, John Hancock and more…) “ This is without warning of their intention and killed 3 on the spot.”
He organized the United States’ first lending library and volunteer fire department. The Boston Massacre was a street fight that occurred on March 5 1770. There was a patriot mob who were throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks at British soldiers. Several colonists were killed and this led to a campaign by speech-writers to rouse the ire of the citizens.
Women in the 1600s to the 1800s were very harshly treated. They were seen as objects rather than people. They were stay-at-home women because people didn’t trust them to hold jobs. They were seen as little or weak. Women living in this time period had to have their fathers choose their husbands.