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The Boston Massacre or the Incident on King Street APUSH - Spiconardi.

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1 The Boston Massacre or the Incident on King Street APUSH - Spiconardi

2 Do Now Define massacre. Discuss your definition with the person sitting next to you. Massacre Massacre  the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty Source: Meriam-Webster.com

3 Document 5: Paul Revere’s Engraving

4 Henry Pelham Engraving

5 John Buford’s 19 th century lithograph

6 John Adams on the 3 rd anniversary of the Boston Massacre The Part I took in Defence of Cptn. Preston and the Soldiers, procured me Anxiety, and Obloquy enough. It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested Actions of my whole Life, and one of the best Pieces of Service I ever rendered my Country. Judgment of Death against those Soldiers would have been as foul a Stain upon this Country as the Executions of the Quakers or Witches, anciently. As the Evidence was, the Verdict of the Jury was exactly right. This however is no Reason why the Town should not call the Action of that Night a Massacre, nor is it any Argument in favour of the Governor or Minister, who caused them to be sent here. But it is the strongest Proofs of the Danger of Standing Armies. John Adams still believed that the term “massacre” was appropriate. Even though he was the defense attorney, what is his reason for making such a statement?


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