PROGRAM DETAILS

250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre: The American and British Perspectives

Instructor
Marc Newman
Category
History / Arts & Letters
WPL03052

Course Description

The Boston Massacre: American Perspective describes the colonial position regarding the actual events leading to the Massacre on March 5th. The British Perspective describes the attitude on the part of King & Parliament toward the colonists in 1769-1770. On display will be unique original newspapers, documents, and letters from the time period from both sides. British soldiers in Boston were taking jobs from the colonists. The growing hatred by young tradesmen toward the rivalry for jobs and pay was the underlying reason for this animosity. Tensions between the colonists and the British were already heightened in the early spring of 1770.Fights in the street between soldiers and colonists were a daily event. By the beginning of March,1770, Boston became an armed camp with soldiers carrying bayonets and their officers were armed with swords. Commanding Officers of the British regiments warned their men to avoid confrontation with the colonists but the hatred escalated beyond their control.The Boston Massacre was a catalyst that would unite New England colonies against Britain. Numerous altercations and key events such as the Christopher Seider Affair and the Ropewalk Affair will be detailed to show the animus of the period. The massacre began as a confrontation and ended in a deadly riot, setting the stage for the American Revolution.

About the Instructor

  • Marc Newman is a historian and author of 70 national and international publications, books and articles. As a radio co-host, he created History On The Air in New York. Newman has been the recipient of numerous awards in education and history on the national and state levels, including New York and Florida. (National Teacher's Medal of Excellence by the Freedom Foundation. He has appeared on several television programs, including "On The River" The Chaining of the Hudson River, portraying British Major John Andre. As a public speaker, he appeared throughout New York, Washington, DC and Florida. Newman was highlighted on the C-SPAN American History Channel nation-wide. He was also chosen by FUJI TV to present a show in Japan for Mystery International.