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CSI, Boston Massacre: Primary Source Activity, Presentation
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Is there sufficient evidence to charge Captain Thomas Preston for murder?
- Take diligent notes during the briefing
- Review evidence with team using “EVIDENCE LOG” [purple sheet]
- Create a 3 minute presentation (script it) explaining evidence
- Help recorder with EVIDENCE REVIEW
- PRACTICE! REHEARSE!
- Presentation of evidence: Take Notes on “KEY NOTES” worksheet [green sheet]
- Discussion of evidence
CASE BRIEFING - Some Background Information
BOSTON AROUND 1770
- Mounting tensions
- Growth of the city
- Mounting restrictions
- Stamp Act: “They will not find a rebellion, they may indeed make one”
- Competition for jobs
- Crowd disturbances
- Demonstrations, Vandalism
- Effigies: A crude figure or dummy representing a hated person
Boston Loves a Good Riot
- 1737: The "Market Riots": Rioters disguised as Clergymen (!) destroyed market buildings to protect government regulation.
- 1747: "Impressment Riots": 5000 anti-draft protesters burned a boat in the governor's front yard.
- Every November 5: "Pope's Day" Riots....Just to keep in practice, North Enders" battled "South Enders" in an annual game of "Capture the Pope".
TENSIONS MOUNT IN 1770
- Christopher Seider (aka Snider)
- Ebenezer Richardson, a British sympathizer
- Christopher Seider, 11 year old
- Funeral arrangements: propaganda stunt?
- Angry colonists
- Thomas Preston
- Problems with eyewitness testimonies
- No testimonies from Preston + soldiers at the trial (no written record)
- Deposition (Testimony under oath, usually written) given by more than 90 people
411 of the Boston Massacre
- March 5, 1770
- Taunting boys
- Soldier hit one of the tormentors with musket, Mob gathered, Soldier called for help, Officer in charge: Thomas Preston
- Cornered soldiers
- Shot fired: 5 killed, 6 wounded
About this Document
The accompanying Powerpoint lecture and presentation for the CSI Primary Source Activity. Part of a multi-day activity