Show Notes: The Boston Massacre

Tracy Wilson

Paul Revere's quite historically inaccurate engraving of the Boston Massacre. Photo by MPI/Getty Images

Coincidentally, I'm writing up the show notes for our episode on the Boston massacre while sitting in Boston, Mass. And, yesterday a Boston native informed me that the distinctive un-massacre-y-ness of the Boston massacre is a well-known fact among people who have grown up here. Not so for many others - everyone in my completely unscientific poll in which I asked, "How many people do you think died in the Boston Massacre?" guessed a number of twenty or more. The reality was much smaller, and the massacre moniker exists today because of some very determined colonial spin doctoring.

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Here's the Boston Massacre game we mentioned, and all those primary historical sources.

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Episode link: The Boston Massacre

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