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Presented By: William L. Clements Library

The Boston Massacre: A Family History

Serena Zabin

Book Cover, "The Boston Massacre: A Family History" Book Cover, "The Boston Massacre: A Family History"
Book Cover, "The Boston Massacre: A Family History"
The story of the Boston Massacre is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, most accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political. Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. She reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied the armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs, and sharing baptisms. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human and now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.

Serena Zabin’s book "The Boston Massacre: A Family History" was awarded the 2020 Book of the Year Prize from the Journal of the American Revolution. She is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Carleton College.
Book Cover, "The Boston Massacre: A Family History" Book Cover, "The Boston Massacre: A Family History"
Book Cover, "The Boston Massacre: A Family History"

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