Date: March 22, 1770 “Benjamin Church, Jun., of lawful age, testify and say, that being requested by Mr. Robert Pierpont, the Coroner, to assist in examining the body of Crispus Attucks, who was supposed to be murdered by the soldiers on Monday evening the 5th instant, I found two wounds in the region of the [...]

1 It is not without the most humiliating conviction of my want of ability that I now appear before you. But The sense I have of the obligation I am under to obey the calls of my country at all times, together with an animating recollection of your indulgence exhibited upon so many occasions, has [...]

Warren’s 1775 Boston Massacre Oration in Full Text: Our Country Is In Danger but Not To Be Despaired Of

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ORATION Delivered at Boston, 6 March 1775 “MY EVER HONOURED FELLOW CITIZENS, It is not without the most humiliating conviction of my want of ability that I now appear before you: but the sense I have of the obligation I am under to obey the calls of my country at all times, together with an [...]

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Lovell’s 1771 Boston Massacre Oration in Full Text – Slaves Envy the Freedom of Others and Take a Malicious Pleasure in Contributing to Destroy It

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by James Lovell Omnes homines natura Libertati student, et CONDITIONEM Servitutis oderunt. Caes. —: Nunc ea petit, quae dare aullo modo possumus, nisi priùus volumus nos bello victos confiteri. Cic. At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, in Town Meeting assembled, by Adjournment, on Tuesday the 2d Day [...]

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History Channel’s Sons of Liberty Tarred and Feathered

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Source: This was prepared as a letter to the editor for newspaper publication by a committee of historical reenactors. In reflecting upon the History Channel’s popular miniseries Sons of Liberty, first  aired January 25-27, 2015, the letter raises several interesting points regarding the depiction of history in fiction, academic historians’ participation in pop culture, and [...]

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Resistance Which the Laws of God and Nature Justified – Part II

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Date: mid-to-late 1775 and showing the 1776 date. An Account of the Commencement of Hostilities between Great Britain and America, in the province of Massachusetts Bay, by the Rev. Mr. William Gordon, of Roxbury, in a letter to a gentleman in England. [Continued from part I, found here] Before Major Pitcairn arrived at Lexington signal [...]

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Resistance which the Laws of God and Nature Justified – Part I

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Date: mid-to-late 1775 and showing the 1776 date. An Account of the Commencement of Hostilities between Great Britain and America, in the province of Massachusetts Bay, by the Rev. Mr. William Gordon, of Roxbury, in a letter to a gentleman in England. This colony, judging itself justified of the undoubted right to the chartered priveleges [...]

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Nothing Less than a Non-Importation and Non-Exportation Will Prevent Bloodshed Two Months Longer

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[to Samuel Adams, en route to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia] “Boston, 21 Aug. [1774] My Dear Sir, – I received yours from Hartford, and enclose you the vote of the House, passed the 17th of June. I shall take care to follow your advice respecting the county meeting, which, depend upon it, will have [...]

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Every Artifice that Hell can Suggest and Human Power Can Execute

“Joseph Warren to the Preston Committee Boston, Aug. 24, 1774. Gentlemen, -We received by Capt Belcher your letter of the 20th, and the sum of money you were kind enough to send for the support of our poor.  It gives us pleasure amidst our sufferings to find our Brethren determined to assist and support us [...]

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Madness and Haranguing at Boston Town Meeting

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Author: John Adams Date: 1800s referring to events of 1768 or 1769 “I was solicited to go to the Town Meetings and harrangue there. This I constantly refused. My Friend Dr. Warren the most frequently urged me to this: My Answer to him always was “That way madness lies.” The Symptoms of our great Friend [...]

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