The Boston Massacre: The American Perspective

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Alexis Meyers Ms. Susan Reeder AP U.S. History September 28, 2012 The Boston Massacre: The American Perspective In the early spring month of 1770, many newspaper companies throughout both American and Canadian colonies printed articles regarding an important incident that had occurred in Boston. This event is now known throughout the world as the Boston Massacre and it played a role in paving the way for the American Revolution. On March the fifth of the year 1770, a fight broke out in the streets of Boston. A group of colonists made the mistake of throwing objects such as stones and snowballs at a group of British soldiers. These soldiers responded angrily by releasing fire on and killing five colonists. After the occurrence of such violence, the presence of British troops throughout Boston became increasingly unwanted. Soon a riot began as a group of about fifty colonists made an attack on a British sentinel. This resulted in a total of five more deaths and six injuries of colonists. The town of Boston soon demanded the removal of these soldiers. In addition, several of the British soldiers were found to be guilty of manslaughter. Overall, the Boston…show more content…
For example, the Nova Scotia Chronicle offered sympathy towards colonists in Boston and put the blame on the British soldiers. The writer of the article claimed that the colonists were minding their own business and that this event occurred because of the irritability and irrational behavior of British soldier. Also, the writer included an account of the Boston Massacre from the colonist’s perspective in hopes to appeal to a multitude of readers and gain public sympathy of the event. Overall, by using emotional appeal, these newspaper articles appealed to a larger variety of people and established universal disappointment and disgust in these British
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