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244th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre - March 5, 2014

The Boston Massacre was the killing of five colonists by British regulars on March 5, 1770. It was the culmination of tensions in the American colonies that had been growing since Royal troops first appeared in Massachusetts in October 1768 to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend Acts.

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jrd3820's picture

I liked the part about the Paul Revere engraving

How it is more propaganda than anything else. But it illustrates how fiction becomes history and history becomes fiction because I pictured the scene that way probably because I had seen that image before.

I also thought this was interesting.

One of the most unusual outcomes of the Boston Massacre trial was the defense of the two British regulars. The defense was called the ‘benefit of the clergy’ and reduced the change from murder to manslaughter by simply proving that the accused … were simply literate enough to read from the Bible. However the two privates were punished by branding ‘M’ on their thumbs. This was done to prevent from using the same defense in the future.

It all started because of a wig.

I have never been to Boston, there is so much history there though. Maybe someday.

Michael Nystrom's picture

A Taxachusetts memorial day self bump