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Monday, March 22, 2021

The Boston Massacre : A Family History by Serena Zabin - 2020

The Boston Massacre : A Family History by Serena Zabin - 2020

A very detailed review in The Journal of the American Revolution

Your best source on books on The American

Revolution is the Journal of The American Revolution Society

Boston Massacre - March 5, 1770 - five fatalities 

Much of American Revolution Era history is taught only from the top leaders, nothing about the lives of Americans or British Soldiers involved.  This book explores what happened when a large troop of the British army was stationed in Boston just prior to the war.  We learn about their interactions   With Americans, particularly women.  We see hostility developing as troops default on pub bills and cause bar fights.

Discipline in the British Army was very harsh, flogging was commonplace.

Soldiers often deserted do to involvement with an American woman.

We are given lots of information about violence against Americans and a very good account of how the Boston Massacre happened as well as the aftermath.

I highly recommend this book to anyone into American History.

Serena Zabin a professor of history and director of the American studies program at Carleton College. Her books include Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York, and she is the codesigner of Witness to the Revolution, a video game about the Boston Massacre.


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