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March 5, 1770

 

 

 

THE BOSTON MASSACRE

“On that night the formation of American independence was laid.”
Pres. John Adams

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Crispus AttucksĀ 

  • African-American sailor.
  • The first of five men to die as a result of the Boston Massacre; reportedly killed instantly after British soldiers outnumbered them and fired suddenly into crowd of dozens of angry colonialists (protesting British taxes, restrictions, overall rule).
  • Attucks believed to be first martyr for cause of American Liberty.
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Lawyer & future U.S. Pres. John Adams' defense of British soldiers led to their acquittal in an American court. An irony since the "Boston Massacre," by its name & story, unified colonists vs. Brits & sowed the seeds of American revolution (begins 1775).

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