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“"In hard, tight, and exact language, disciplined by close reasoning and close documentation, and seasoned with a sharp sense of character and drama, Hiller B. Zobel has written a definitive account. . . . Full of gripping detail, a good deal of myth-shattering, and some discriminating reappraisals." -Arthur B. Tourtellot, author of Lexington and Concord, in the New York Times Book Review”

“"Make[s] eighteenth-century courtroom scenes crackle with excitement."-Yale Review ”

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393314830
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 841,362
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    The Boston Massacre as a Political Struggle

    While worthwhile as a detailed account of the series of events that culminated in the Boston Massacre, this book has several drawbacks. On the minor side, it needs much better maps and an overview of the structure of the colonial government and legal system. More serious is the choice to tell the story directly from the legal records, rather than using them to create narrative history, and to frame it as primarily a political power struggle between Sam Adams and the Crown's representatives. That is, Zobel does not recognize that that there was an ideological issue between the citizens of Boston and the British government that would cause them to object to the presence of the Army. As the book dates from 1970, it is tempting to conclude that Zobel's interpretation of the actions of the Boston 'mob' was influenced by the urban riots and turmoil of the late 1960s. What shines throughout is the pride and faith the colonial Americans put in their legal system and due process.

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