Boston Massacre Research Paper

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March 5th, 1770, one of the most unthinkable events happened. It was a tragedy that should never have to be relived, filled with bloodshed and horror. It was called the Boston Massacre. Although many believe it to be true, the massacre was not the royal official's fault! The colonists brought this onto themselves. They taunted the out-numbered soldiers to the point where self-defense was the only option, and yelled so loud they couldn't possibly have heard their captain's orders. The screams of over sixty drunk, furious colonists filled the air. Recent tests done by scientists and historians, have proven that it would have been impossible for the soldiers to hear their captain's (Thomas Preston) order to fire. The only probable explanation…show more content…
Attucks was known as a hard man and a drifter. He hated the British officials in Boston. As a part-time laborer, he faced competition for work from British troops willing to do work during off-duty hours for lower wages. On the evening of March 5, 1770, Attucks was in the front lines of a group of sixty Americans (described by John Adams as "a motley rabble of saucy boys") taunting Private Hugh White. After other British soldiers rushed to White's assistance, the crowd continued to hurl insults, pieces of ice, and sticks. According to eyewitness testimony, Attucks egged the others on, calling the soldiers "Lobsters!" and telling the crowd that the soldiers dared not fire. Then, according to one witness, Attucks took hold of a bayonet being held by one of the soldiers, Hugh Montgomery, knocking him down with a club in his other hand. The assault on Montgomery brought on a round of fire from British muskets that left five Americans dead and a half-dozen others injured. Crispus Attucks is just one example of the different colonists who were practically telling the soldiers to shoot…show more content…
The colonials had yelled so loud they couldn't possibly have heard Preston's orders. The cruel colonists like Crispus Attucks help us prove this. Recent tests done also help prove that the colonists brought these actions onto themselves. The British have been blamed for this event for centuries. Now that all evidence has been gathered, we can prove the colonists guilty for the bloodshed and horror that took place on March 5th,
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