A banal skirmish between British troops and American workers and sailors in Boston which led to five deaths when troops opened fire on a mob. The event was turned into a symbolic atrocity by Samuel Adams, the propagandist for independence.
Editors. "Boston Massacre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 December 2007
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