The Truth Behind the Boston Massacre

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The Truth behind the Boston Massacre Ana Montilla Period 3 APUSH – Ourednik/Cross Quarter 1 project John Hancock stated “Let this sad tale of death never be told without a tear; let not the heaving bosom cease to burn with a manly indignation at the barbarous story”. It was a cold March 5th in the year1770 when the disturbing event of the Boston Massacre occurred, terrible things were shouted, accusations were made, and innocent citizens were murdered. Several events led up to this dreadful and chaotic day, it was not just a random act. It was more of a time bomb just ticking and ticking until the day came that it was meant to go off. From the start of the brawl to the trials and finally the verdicts you the reader will understand that the Boston massacre was not an accident but rather an intentional act that was meant to hurt the people of Boston. King Street, and also the State Street massacre all started with the introduction of the Townshend act. Which placed taxes on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper, and tea? The people of Boston detested these acts, which caused riots. Two regiments of British soldiers were sent to Boston to restore balance and keep Boston calm. Instead they did the complete opposite rather than restoring peace they in fact increased even more tension and chaos. Ben Franklin said “they will not find a rebellion, they may indeed make one”, citizens saw the British officials are oppressors. The growing tension between the colonist and soldiers was also key role that led to the Boston massacre. Incidents between the Bostonians and the red coats were very common and, happened frequently on the streets, in the town
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