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Today In Class: The Boston Massacre

Today we continued on with the topic of the Boston Massacre.

Essential Question:

Why would the Boston Massacre unite the colonies against the British?


We introduced Paul Revere as he is referenced in the Longfellow Poem Paul Revere’s Ride. (CLICK HERE TO READ IT)

We analyzed a painting he’s in by John Singleton Copley. In this painting we discovered that Paul Revere was more noted, at the time, for his Silversmith work than his famous ride.

Once we established his metalworking skills we looked at the famous “Bloody Massacre” engraving that he created after the Boston Massacre. We concluded, with the help of a Discovery Education video watched yesterday, that his engraving served as a piece of propaganda to motivate the colonists to take a stance against Britain.

Sensory Writing Activity

After we completed analyzing the images you wrote a sensory writing activity using all of your sense to describe what it must have been like to be either a colonist or a soldier at the Boston Massacre.

Questions We Examined:

What was Paul Revere’s goal in creating this engraving?

Why was Crispus Attucks not portrayed as an African-American?

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Interesting Trivia:

Although one of the first people killed in the Massacre was Crispus Attucks, who was of African and Native American descent, no one who fits that description appears in any contemporary print of the incident. The earliest known depiction of Crispus Attucks as a person of color participating in the Boston Massacre is in an 1855 drawing by William L. Champney (fl. 1850-1857), which J. H. Bufford made into the chromolithograph Boston Massacre, March 5th 1770. 


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