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.
Although many historian believe the the Boston Massacre was a murder it is clear that it is an act of self-defense. First, the situation was self-defense because Preston was trying to get the sentry to safety when they got surrounded by armed and drunken citizens. The soldiers were defending themselves because they were unable to escape with their backs against the custom house and faced an angry mob. Secondly, the solders’ fire was eight to six seconds between them. this shows that the solders fired on there own accord because usually they all fire at the same time when following orders. Finally, after they fired they were pushing back the crowed showing some restrictions. This shows the the solders did not want to kill.
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.
I think that the British soldiers acted in self defense during the Boston Massacre. The colonists were threatening and provoking the soldiers by shouting vulgarly, beating people with clubs, and throwing rocks covered in snow, so I believe that the soldiers had a right to fight for their lives.
On March 5, 1770, a heated argument broke out between many strong-willed colonists and British soldiers, about the different taxes the British were making the colonist fulfill and how unjust the British parliament was. The argument quickly escalated into a fight and then a so-called massacre, soon to be named The Boston Massacre. Although, there was the killing of colonists, should this event be called a ‘massacre’? In fact, only 5 colonists were killed in the shooting, and many claim that the colonists were not innocent therefore the Boston Massacre was not a massacre.
The Boston Massacre was a street fight that occurred on March 5, 1770, between a “patriot”. They were throwing sticks, snowballs, and trash at a group of British troops. The loyalists got very annoyed with the patriots so they shot into the mob killing five. The riot began when around 50 colonists attacked a British sentinel. A British officer called in for additional troops and they too were attacked so they had to fire into the mob.
The Boston Massacre was influenced by the British soldiers first shooting the colonists. Due to the commands of Captain Preston, the soldiers were forced to engage in fighting, said by William Wyatt. In his account, the British were ordered around by Captain Preston and were not in the usual formation for a battle. From other perspectives, like George Sanderlin and Andrew, they had heard the captain boom, “Fire! Be the consequences at will.” Both had even heard that the army intended to murder the colonists rebelling. Even Captain Preston’s testimony stated that the soldiers had fired 4 times before the mob of colonists disappeared.
John Adams became known because of his opposition to the stamp act in 1765. His opinion stated "American colonists of the basic right to be taxed by consent and to be tried by jury of peers". Couple months later presented a public speech in Massachusetts stating the invalid act. In 1770, Adams agreed to represent the soldiers in Boston massacre. He believed that every person deserved defense. Defending that the first solider only started shooting upon the crowd because it 's a normal response for anyone who 's facing a life or death situation. The jury acquitted six soldiers while two other soldiers was charged with Manslaughter. Many reacted to Adams defense for the soldiers hostile and his law practice suffered greatly. But later his actions built him a reputation by others who taught he was courageous, generous,
John Adams was born on October, 30, 1775 in Quincy, Massachusetts. His parents were John Adams Sir and Susanna Boylston Adams. His father was a farmer and a decedent of Henry Adams. His mother was a decedent of the Boylstons of Brookline a family in colonial Massachusetts. At 16 John got a scholarship to Harvard. He studied law but his father wanted him to go into ministry. He graduated from Harvard
Although there are many reasons why the American Revolution started, a few of them had a larger consequence. First, the Boston Massacre had a major impact on the American Revolution. To continue, another instigator to the colonists seeking their independence was the Boston Tea Party. Lastly, The Battles of Lexington and Concord really pushed towards the American Revolution.
One of the most common things talked about in the history of the U.S.A. is the Boston Massacre, but was this historical event commonly looked at as a massacre really a massacre. I believe that the Boston Massacre was not a massacre at all instead it was just the act of self defense of a few british soldiers that were being attacked by upset colonists.
The Boston Massacre was an accident in the beginning, but it continued to go on until it reached an extent where it could be an accident no longer. The real question is when did this accident start, and when did it get too far? Some say it should have never happened. others say it was the start of the revolution.
There were many disagreements and because of those, many events were the cause of the American Revolution. These events included bloodshed by others, peoples rights weren’t enforced, individuals didn’t receive freedom, and our country was just not yet whole. Despite of the causes of why the road to Revolution took place there were effects afterwards. When American Revolution was over with the The Declaration of Independence came into place, treaties were signed, and the Bill of Rights. Now these effects/events were amazing, it helped our country tremendously. If the following events didn’t take place we wouldn’t have America.
Many years passed and Benjamin Franklin grew to strongly dislike Silas Deane and Arthur Lee because they did not work well together. This was the time period where Benjamin Franklin met John Adams. This is where Robert Middlekauff switches from talking about Benjamin Franklin to John Adams. John Adams was naturally an awkward man who lacked in the usage of words at appropriate times. Growing up John Adams disliked school so much that he rebelled and wanted to become a farmer like his father. His father pushed him to graduate from school. Straight out of Harvard college, Adams accepted Worcester’s offer and began to teach Latin grammar to the young. John Adams was not satisfied with himself, while he worked as a teacher, so he set out looking for jobs that dealt with Law. John Adams became the apprentice of James Putnam, an impressive lawyer. As time passed, John Adams noticed he was wasting his time being the apprentice of James Putnam. He was not learning anything due to the lack of task James Putnam assigned him. Finally, John Adams was interviewed by Gridley where he becomes an attorney in Suffolk County. This is where he met his wife Abigail Smith who was surprisingly intelligent and stood by John Adams’s side through the obstacles he faced in
John Adams was born on October 20th, 1735 in Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1755, where he earned his undergraduate and master's degrees. In 1764, John Adams married Abigail Smith and they had six children. About ten years later, he became a part of the First Continental Congress. Here, he helped Thomas Jefferson create the Declaration of Independence. John Adams nominated George Washington to be the first president, and he became the first vice president. He was frustrated with this job because he had many ideas for the country, and being vice president didn’t allow him to make the