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John Hancock stated “Let this sad tale of death never be told without a tear; let not the heaving bosom cease to burn with a manly indignation at the barbarous story . . .” during his oration of the massacre on 5 March 1774. The “Boston Massacre” as it was called, was really not a massacre in the sense that a lot of people were slaughtered, it was a massacre in the sense that British government’s authority was not to be tolerated. During the next eighteen months, tensions between the Colonists and the British would increase.
On a cold morning in February 1770, eleven-year old Christopher Seider was one of several hundred adults and youths surrounding the house of ebenezer Richardson. Richardson was a known Tory informer for the British customs commissioners. Mob demonstrations protesting the Townshend Acts were common, some spontaneous and some organized. At Richardson’s house the crowd was becoming unruly and started breaking windows and one stone thrown ...
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