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Revere, Paul (1735-1818) The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Reg.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01868 Author/Creator: Revere, Paul (1735-1818) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Engraving Date: 1770 Pagination: 1 p. ; 29.3 x 24 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01868 Author/Creator: Revere, Paul (1735-1818) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Engraving Date: 1770 Pagination: 1 p. ; 29.3 x 24 cm.

Summary of Content: Engraving of the Boston Massacre, hand-colored, first edition. Crispus Attucks is colored in, indicating that he was an African American. The depiction of the event and a poem printed below the engraving vilifies the British Army. The casualties, described as "unhappy sufferers," are listed at the bottom.

Background Information:

People: Revere, Paul, 1735-1818
Attucks, Crispus, 1723-1770

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Boston MassacreMassacreRevolutionary WarGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAfrican American HistoryPoetryMilitary HistoryPrintingDeathInjury or WoundMobs and RiotsDeathInjury or Wound

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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