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SWBAT: SWBAT: compare and contrast different points of view of the Boston Massacre. Homework: Download a dictionary and thesaurus app on your phone if you have a smartphone. Do now: What is a massacre? How many people need to die before we can call an event a massacre?
Colonists were pissed about the taxes the British were implementing. Why? No Taxation without Representation! Last we left off…
THE ENLIGHTENMENT! The idea that government exists to protect and serve the people has really taken root in America. By not allowing colonists representation in Parliament and taxing the colonies without their consent, colonists see GB as backwards and anti- progressive. Why is this a big deal?
Conditions Continue to Deteriorate Townshend Act and Opposition Customs officials are now allowed to search incoming ships without looking for a specified item. AKA they don’t need a search warrant. Could search any vessel, warehouse, or store on suspicion of smuggled goods. Resistance was strong, and GB decided to send in more troops. Quartering Act begins ordered the local governments to provide housing and provisions for British soldiers.
Boston Massacre Influx of British troops increases the tension between colonists and GB. March 5, 1770… What happens next??
1. Why did Captain Preston send troops to the customs house? 2. What evidence does Captain Preston give that he did not intend for his soldiers to fire upon the crowd? 3. In what circumstances did the soldier fire the first shot? Was it an accident? 4. According to Preston, who ordered his troops to fire? 5. After reading Preston’s account, who appears to blame for the events in Boston on March 5, 1770? Do you believe his account? Why or why not? Homework Review
What are the differences between your picture and Revere’s? Back to the do now: what is a massacre/how many people have to die? What do you think was Revere’s motive for calling this piece “The Bloody Massacre”? Discussion Questions
Clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7cgwFXDa_w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7cgwFXDa_w So what happened to the soldiers?
More taxes (like the Tea Act) lead to more events (like the Boston Tea Party). The passage of the Intolerable Acts further angers colonists. This brings us to… From here on out, it only gets worse
Delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to discuss the problem with GB. Decided to boycott British goods until the Intolerable Act was repealed. This paved the way for the Second Continental Congress. Meanwhile, the battle of Lexington and Concord signaled the beginning of the Revolutionary War. First Continental Congress
Met again in Philadelphia to decide how to proceed forward. Decided to break away completely from GB and Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Second Continental Congress