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The Resource Boston's massacre, Eric Hinderaker

Boston's massacre, Eric Hinderaker

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Boston's massacre
Title
Boston's massacre
Statement of responsibility
Eric Hinderaker
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Boston's Custom House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre is one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one of the least understood. Eric Hinderaker revisits this dramatic episode, examining in forensic detail the facts of that fateful night, the competing narratives that molded public perceptions at the time, and the long campaign afterward to transform the tragedy into a touchstone of American identity. When Parliament stationed two thousand British troops in Boston beginning in 1768, resentment spread rapidly among the populace. Steeped in traditions of self-government and famous for their Yankee independence, Bostonians were primed to resist the imposition. Living up to their reputation as Britain's most intransigent North American community, they refused compromise and increasingly interpreted their conflict with Britain as a matter of principle. Relations between Britain and the North American colonies deteriorated precipitously after the shooting at the Custom House, and it soon became the catalyzing incident that placed Boston in the vanguard of the Patriot movement. Fundamental uncertainties about the night's events cannot be resolved. But the larger significance of the Boston Massacre extends from the era of the American Revolution to our own time, when the use of violence in policing crowd behavior has once again become a pressing public issue.--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
MH/DLC
Dewey number
973.3/113
Index
index present
LC call number
E215.4
LC item number
.H66 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Boston's massacre, Eric Hinderaker
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A war of words -- Town and crown -- Smugglers and mobs -- Imperial spaces -- Settling in -- Provocations -- Uncertain outcomes -- Four trials -- Contested meanings -- A usable past
Control code
ocn957554791
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780674048331
Lccn
2016038804
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)957554791
Label
Boston's massacre, Eric Hinderaker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A war of words -- Town and crown -- Smugglers and mobs -- Imperial spaces -- Settling in -- Provocations -- Uncertain outcomes -- Four trials -- Contested meanings -- A usable past
Control code
ocn957554791
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780674048331
Lccn
2016038804
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)957554791

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