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  1. Boston Massacre Prelude. In 1767, in an attempt to recoup the considerable treasure expended in the defense of its North American... The killing of Christopher Seider and the end of the rope. Early in 1770, with the effectiveness of the boycott uneven,... From mob to “massacre”. On the morning of ...

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      Boston Massacre, Skirmish on March 5, 1770, between British...

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  2. The city was considered the beating heart of the Patriot cause, and its residents had organized spirited and occasionally violent resistance to British tax policies. When Bostonians responded to...

  3. The Massacre. On March 5, 1770, the inevitable happened. A mob of about 60 angry townspeople descended upon the guard at the Customs House. When reinforcements were called, the crowd became more unruly, hurling rocks and snowballs at the guard and reinforcements.

  4. The Boston Massacre To prevent serious disorder, Britain dispatched 4,000 troops to Boston in 1768 —a rather extreme move, considering that Boston had only about 20,000 residents at the time. Indeed, the troop deployment quickly proved a mistake, as the soldiers’ presence in the city only made the situation worse.

  5. John Adams. Photo Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park. The crowd strained forward in the Queen Street courtroom on October 17, 1770. Murmurs and rumblings of anger filled the air. Captain Thomas Preston, a British grenadier, shifted his feet nervously and felt the sweat rising to his brow. If the jury found him, and his men, guilty of murder as the indictment suggested, he could only expect death as a penalty.

  6. On March 4, 1770, Bostonians awoke to the find the city plastered with convincing forgeries of orders laying out a massive attack on the townspeople of Boston "signed" by prominent British soldiers. Adams's men had been up late hanging the signs throughout the city. Tensions were coming to a boil.

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