Argumentative Essay: The Boston Massacre

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On a cold night of March 5, 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts, nine British soldiers fired shots into a crowd of one hundred Bostonians. Five were fatally injured or killed in the shooting, and some of the people killed were not even in the mob. This caused major corruption amongst the town, across the state, even across what was then America. Captain Preston, who ordered all to fire, was found innocent and two soldiers were convicted of manslaughter. This was named as the Boston Massacre, which had a lot to do with how America is today. The Boston Massacre was important because it played a part in creating financial benefits of America by challenging people’s rights, challenged right from wrong, and also created taxes. There were many reasons for the event that would be recognized as the Boston Massacre. “Conflicts between the…show more content…
After the convictions, sentencing of the soldiers took place 2 days after. During sentencing, the convicted soldier’s thumbs were branded with a permanent “m” as a token of punishment. If they were ever convicted again, they would not receive such treatment. James Adams, Boston’s leading attorney, defended all the soldiers. His law practice suffered a decline after the trial. “Boston settled uncomfortably into a period of relative calm time. However, passions were to be inflamed again by the Tea Party Act of 1773.” (Boston Massacre Trials) The Tea Act, passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773, granted the British East India Company Tea a monopoly tea sales in American colonies. This was what ultimately compelled a group of Sons of Liberty members on the night of December 16, 1773 to disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians, board three ships in Boston Harbor, and destroy over 92,000 pounds of tea. (The Tea Act) Passing the Tea Act imposed no taxes on colonies. Due to boycotts and protests, the Townshend Act was soon repealed taxes on glass, oil, paint, and
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