Americans have always needed a "catalyst" to go to war. An event of such magnitude as to awaken us from our slumber. The Leopard-Chesapeake Affair for the War of 1812,the sinking of the USS Maine for the Spanish-American War, the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann Telegram for WWI, Pearl Harbor for WWII, 9-11 for the current war in Iraq, etc. The Boston branch of the Sons of Liberty, led by Sam Adams hoped that the Boston Massacre was going to be the catalyst for the Revolution. It didn't quite make it. The incident may have been instigated by Adams and his group, and the successful defense of the accused British soldiers by Sam's cousin,helped diffuse the situation. Nevertheless it was the first time that colonial blood had been spilled by British troops and for that fact alone it is certainly noteworthy. The Boston Massacre was outstanding propaganda material for the patriot cause because it allowed all of the colonies to share in the pain, outrage, and fear experienced by the peoples of Boston and Massachusetts.The Sons of Liberty were particularly adept at spreading such propaganda and using it to fan the embers of Revolution.
The Boston Massacre wasn't really British soldiers firing on innocent colonist, it was a group of drunkards and angry colonists throwing rocks and beer bottles at British soldiers, the colonists had cornered the soldiers and the soldiers fired at the colonists from fear of their lives and killed five of the colonists, Paul Revere caught this moment in a etching and labeled it the "Boston Massacre" thus causing a major uproar throughout the colonies and the Sons of Liberty took advantage of this anger and turned the colonists against the British peoples.
The Boston Massacre presented a good opportunity for the Colonists to use propaganda against the British because the event would stir the Colonists to action. They made it seem as if the British were unprovoked and opened fire on the residents just for fun. The Colonists used this to show that there was no evil the British would not commit to keep the colonies under firm control.
Actually the things that happened at the Boston Massacre were spun with handbills that used it as propaganda to make the colonists upset. Revere drew the drawing that was handed out showing the British shooting colonists, and in reality other events had happened between the British and colonists were worse than Boston, but they weren't used like Boston was.
The Boston Massacre was part of a massive propaganda campaign used by the Patriots to stir up the colonists into getting angry at the British. The Boston Massacre was not so much a massacre, but the accidental shooting of 5 people by British soldiers placed in Boston after the mobs of colonists were hitting the soldiers with rocks and ice. This was an effective way of getting many colonists passionate about war with England. The amount of soldiers involved in the incident is unknown.
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