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From colonies to country

From Colonies to Country

A Massacre in Boston

Chapter 13


Summary
Summary

The Boston Massacre highlighted the rabble-rousing that fueled revolutionary sentiment. The conduct of John Adams in the trial that followed and the weighty questions pondered by the Continental Congress showed the caliber of the leaders destined to shape the new nation.


Terms to define

massacre

quarters

Quartering Act

Redcoat

deserter

propaganda

congress

Patriot (Whig)

Loyalist (Tory)

militia

peninsula

Terms to define:


Massacre
massacre

a massacre is a gruesome killing.


Quarters
quarters

Quarters are houses where soldiers live.


Quartering act
Quartering Act

The English Parliament passed a law that said American citizens had to provide quarters for British soldiers.


Redcoat
Redcoat

English soldiers who were called redcoats because of the color of their uniforms.


Deserter
deserter

Soldiers who run away are called deserters. British deserters who were caught were shot.


Propaganda
propaganda

information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause


Congress
congress

A congress is a group of delegates who get together for discussion and action.


Patriot
Patriot

Patriots were Americans who wanted to be free of British rule. Sometimes Patriots were called Whigs.


Loyalist
Loyalist

Americans who supported the king were called Loyalists and sometimes Tories.

They remained loyal to the existing government.


Militia
militia

civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army


Based on information in the text, do you think massacre was an accurate description of the shootings in front of the Boston Custom House?

Think!

Hints:

  • Sam Adams named it

  • Paul Revere engraved a picture of the scene


What did john adams mean when he said the revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people
What did John Adams mean when he said, “the revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people”?

  • He was referring to the colonists’ radical ideas on self-government.


What six things were accomplished at the meeting of the first continental congress
What six things were accomplished at the meeting of the First Continental Congress?

  • Representatives from every colony except Georgia met and shared common problems.

  • Passed 10 resolutions that stated colonists’ rights, including “life, liberty and property.”

  • Wrote a petition to King George

  • Decided to boycott English goods

  • Decided all colonies would start a militia

  • Made plans to meet again.


What split in opinion developed at the continental congress
What split in opinion developed at the Continental Congress? First Continental Congress?

Think Political continuum:

Radical----Moderate----Conservative

Who fit where?


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