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How did the Boston massacre present a good opportunity for the colonists to use propaganda againist the British?

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2015-07-07 17:03:16
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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, John Adams 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.

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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.

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