Today in History: March 5th, 1770

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a mob in Boston, killing five, in what has come to be known as the Boston Massacre.

Read a detailed description of the Boston Massacre and the events that preceded it in  Richard Archer’s monograph As If an Enemy’s Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution, part of the Pivotal Moments in American History series from Oxford University Press, available through ebrary, Inc.  See especially chapter 11, “The Massacre on King Street.”

Learn about John Adams’ defense of the British soldiers involved in the massacre and see facsimiles of accounts of the trial from the Law Library of Congress.

Learn about the participants and victims, view reproductions of relevant documents, and more at the website of the Boston Massacre Historical Society.

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