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.
In all, there were 4000 soldiers in Boston by the beginning of 1770. Tensions were running in the city with only 15,000 inhabitants. On March 5, crowds of apprentices, laborers, and merchants began to throw snowballs and rocks at the British soldiers. A single shot rang out at first, then several other soldiers shot as well When the dust settled, 5 people were dying or either dead. An African American merchant sailor who escaped from slavery 20 years prior also died, making him the first African American to die for the American dream.
According to the article, Preston has tried to avoid unnessesary conflict between the colonist and his troops. He wanted everyone to leave in peace. However, one of Preston’s soldier did not obey his command and started to fire at the mobs. As the result, Preston is responsible for death in the Boston Massacre. Preston’s indecisive actions have indirectly led to the uprising of Colonies.
In the beginning of the book Richard says to Perry, “Ain’t that what I promised you, honey-plenty of hair on them-those walls?” (37). This quote manipulates the reader to believe Richard remains the cruel person in the duo. Then, Capote described Perry Smith as an innocent boy who had an unpleasant childhood.
The militia was comprised of farmers who preferred the option of a war of massacre over being hurt by low tobacco prices and high taxes. The fight against Native Americans initiated in 1676, and encountered solely nonviolent Indians, but the group slaughtered them regardless. Bacon and his supporters demanded the power to declare war against all Native Americans, and received such authority from a daunted Governor Berkeley. Shortly after, Berkeley reconsidered his decision and called back the troop, but Bacon’s men retaliated by burning the capital of Jamestown and spared whoever joined the rebellion. However, in late 1676 Bacon died of dysentery; his cohorts dispersed and their actions
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.”
The soldiers may have felt threatened but the only thing that was really coming at them with snowballs. Newton makes a good point about how many sticks hit bayonet and yelling of fire could have think confusing but in the end they were only really being hit with snowballs and sticks. Yes there was proof of weapons other than snowballs but they were not in use. The Boston Massacre was very chaotic people yelling fire, running around, protesting and all out causing confusion and chaos. The only thing that was really threatening the soldiers or snowballs.
As a result the ghost of Caesar was not the revival of Caesars spirit but rather it was physical manifestation of Brutus' guilty conscience. The death of Portia seemed to have a profound effect on Brutus as well, this can be clearly recognized as Brutus was visibly sadder after hearing of his wife's death. This sadness could be attributed to the fact Brutus thinks that he himself is responsible for Portia's death. It was revealed in the story that She killed herself because she was worried about Brutus absences and that Octavius and Mark Antony had made themselves to strong. " Impatient of my absence, and grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony Had made themselves so strong- for with her death".
In (II.iii.92-95) “O gentle lady, ‘'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak! The repetition in a woman’s ear Would murder as it fell” Hearing the death of Duncan’s murder would make Lady Macbeth’s ears bleed because even a man is shocked hearing this. It plays a strong gender role because Lady Macbeth was told not to hear this situation because she is a woman. After the death of king Duncan and Banquo.
(61) These two actions were Okonkwo’s fault, and were caused by his vulnerabilities. Because he lost his tribe and culture to the British missionaries and ended up committing suicide, Okonkwo’s punishment exceeded his crimes. Although his crimes were bad, he served his punishment for all of them. However, when he came back, Okonkwo’s tribe abandoned their culture for the Catholic one.
After the Boston Massacre, Americans have realized that the British would use force if it was needed to keep them compliant and obedient. The soldiers that shot at the unarmed men walked away not guilty as Crispus Attucks passes away and other men are put through immense pain from the bullets. The colonists grew weary of the control that the British had on them. The bloodshed from the massacre lit a flame under all of the colonists; they knew if it had happened to Boston it could happen elsewhere. They had to do something about this foreign force called the British.
There is also the argument that maybe Captain Preston called for the command fire from behind his men, but this is also thought to be false. In the documentary “Unsolved History: The Boston Massacre”, scientists ran a test to see if it was possible for the soldiers to hear this command from behind. This test proved that it would have been impossible for the soldiers to hear the command from Preston and it likely came from the crowd; furthermore after the firing when the colonists came back to retrieve the fallen Preston knocked up his men’s muskets, asking them not to
The ones that cooperated would be exempt. After that Bacon’s ideas started to spread and the Rebellion had begun. According to Zinn’s point of view, Bacon was not very interested in helping the poor ones, but in killing the Native Americans. As a matter of fact, Bacon himself was not even in the lowest class; he belonged to a new class that started to arise, which was a not so privileged upper class. More towards the end of “Persons of Mean and Vile Condition”, Zinn explains why the Bacon’s Rebellion was so feared, and what new aspect it can give us on America.
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.
Crispus and the four other men were all buried in one grave in the Boston graveyard. The British soldiers are now on trial to see if they are guilty of 5th degree murder. The British soldiers have all been saying that the shooting was all in self defense; but the Colonists said that the British did it on purpose, and that they were just innocent bystanders. A new engraving was made, and it depicts what the Patriots are saying happened a few weeks earlier.