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Revere, Paul (1735-1818) The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Reg.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01868 Author/Creator: Revere, Paul (1735-1818) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Engravings Date: 1770 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Engraving of the Boston Massacre, hand-colored, first edition. Crispus Attucks is colored in, indicating that he was an African American. The depiction of the event and a poem printed below the engraving vilifies the British Army. The casualties, described as "unhappy sufferers," are listed at the bottom.

People: Revere, Paul, 1735-1818.
Attucks, Crispus, d. 1770.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Boston Massacre, Massacre, Revolutionary War, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, African American History, Poetry, Military History, Printing, Death, Injury or Wound, Mobs and Riots, Death, Injury or Wound

Sub Era: Road to Revolution