Boston Massacre Historical Society



It is important to keep in mind that these essays were written by students of various academic levels. They may contain inaccuracies and false information and should not be used as reference material.

Events Leading to "The Boston Massacre"

In this essay the author presents a patriotic and emotional description of the events that lead to the famous protest. The text focuses on hostile acts of oppression by King George III and hardships that were imposed on American colonies. The author however neglects to highlight economic causes behind revolutionary developments. The essay concludes that the conflict of Bostonians with British regulars was well justified.

Boston Massacre Trials

This is a more advanced essay that looks not at the Massacre itself but at the trial that followed the incident. The author does a good job setting the stage with a summary of the tragic event that lead to death of seven people. The acquittal and the guilty verdicts were the result of the evidence presented at the trial, which becomes the subject of analysis presented in the essay. In conclusion the author offers his personal view on the verdict stating that all British regulars should have been found not guilty.

Boston Massacre by Kecia Butlinm, a grade 5 student

Interestingly, in this essay the young author is sympathetic to the soldier and takes close to the heart the fact that the British soldiers were called offensive names by the rioting youth. Even though some “facts” put forth in the essay can be described as speculative, the paper provides an easy to understand account of the famous events.

Other Essays

Boston Massacre - the First Battle of the Revolutionary War

Boston Massacre by Jim Champagne

What Made the Boston Massacre a Massacre


The Fifth of March : A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes) -- by Ann Rinaldi;

The Boston Massacre by Hiller B. Zobel. Reissue edition (April 1996) W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393314839

The Boston Massacre (The American Adventure #10) by Susan Martins Miller (December 1998) Barbour & Co; ISBN: 1577481577

The Infamous Boston Massacre. by Robert, Smith

Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston (Selected Bibliographies Reprint) by Boston Staff. Facsimi edition (June 1949)

Ayer Co Pub; ISBN: 0836956834

Bliven Jr.,Bruce, The American Revolution NY: Random House, 1986.

Carpenter, Allan, The New Enchantment of America Massachusetts, Chicago: Childrens Press, 1959.

Cook, Fred, The American Revolution NY: Golden Press, 1959.

Kent, Deborah, America the Beautiful Massachusetts, Chicago: Childrens Press, 1987.

Marrin, Albert, The War for Independence NY: Atheneum, 1988.

Taylor, Theodore, Rebellion Town Williamsburg, 1776 NY: Thomas Y., Crowell Company, 1973.



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