The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre

by Michael Burgan, Keith Williams, Bob Wiacek, Charles Barnett III
     
 

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Trouble was brewing in Boston in 1770. American colonists believed they had been treated unfairly for years by lawmakers in Great Britain. People living in Boston raised their voices in protest. British troops soon arrived in Boston to keep the peace, but it was only a matter of time before the soldiers and the colonists clashed. The bloodshed from the meeting of the

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Trouble was brewing in Boston in 1770. American colonists believed they had been treated unfairly for years by lawmakers in Great Britain. People living in Boston raised their voices in protest. British troops soon arrived in Boston to keep the peace, but it was only a matter of time before the soldiers and the colonists clashed. The bloodshed from the meeting of the two sides would be called the Boston Massacre.

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Children's Literature
"Taxation without representation is tyranny" was the cry of colonists defending their right to control Britain's imposed taxes. On March 5, 1770, snowballs thrown at a guard provoked a confrontation and soon five colonists were dead in an incident called the Boston Massacre. This title from the eye-catching "We the People" biography series presents one of the conflicts between the American colonists and the British that eventually lead to the Revolutionary War. The first chapter gives a brief summation of the day's events followed by six brief easy-to-read chapters that accurately portray the circumstances leading up to the massacre. One gets a feeling of going back in time reading about smugglers, Tories, Sons of Liberty, impressments, lobsterbacks, and boycotts. Prominent historians who were influential during the period are introduced. The book's pages are accented with elegant gold frames stamped with book title and date. They surround the text set on a white background. Captions provide additional details for the black-and-white or full-color period paintings, documents, and maps. The actual battle scene on the cover invites readers into the conflict. Other features include a table of contents, glossary, "Did You Know," dates/timeline, and important people profiles. Added valuable resources include a list of quality and current book titles, reliable web sites through FactHound, and an index. This fact-filled book provides a broad picture of the times and is an excellent choice for enriching history lessons, researching, or writing assignments. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Barbara Troisi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442036949
Publisher:
Baker & Taylor, CATS
Publication date:
07/10/2009
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States.
Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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