Classroom Activities/Suggested Discussion Areas
Divide the class into two sections: Boston Citizens and British Troops
♦ Boston Citizens -
◊ Discuss why the presence of so many British troops (4,000 in a city of only 20,000) was such an irritation.
◊ Answer the following:
→ Were Crispus Attucks and his group trouble makers, or were they patriots resisting British oppression?
→ Should the British troops have held their fire?
→ In the trial of the British soldiers after the incident, the British officer and five of the seven British soldiers were acquitted. Was this a fair verdict?
♦ British Troops -
◊ Why would the British soldiers generally hold colonials in contempt?
◊ Why would an off-duty British soldier want to compete with local citizens for menial labor jobs?
◊ If you were a British soldier, would you try to exercise restraint or be more inclined to fire your musket at the crowd?
◊ Two of the soliders were convicted of manslaughter for firing into the crowd. Do you agree with that verdict?