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Three guests view the Arms of Independence case and touch screen in the Museum galleries.

Join author and 2018 NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Jean C. O’Connor as she guides young authors aged 12-18 in this drop-in activity in the Museum's rotunda in examining the story of James Lovell, a teacher at the Boston Latin School during the Revolutionary era, based on her historical fiction novel, The Remarkable Cause. A supporter of the patriot cause, James is teaching alongside his father, a devout loyalist, when the Boston Massacre throws the entire town into conflict and turmoil. The writers will join in activities to examine the facts and propaganda around the event and create a narrative piece questioning the motives, emotions, and decisions of those affected by the Boston Massacre on the 253rd anniversary of the incident. 

Focusing on students in grades 6-12, Write the Revolution is a program that introduces students interested in creative writing to different authors and writers who specialize in writing for or speaking to young audiences. Using various creative writing prompts, students will learn how to think about the causes and events of revolution to bring them to life on the page, present multiple perspectives, and make connections between past and current events. 

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"Boston Massacre, March 5th, 1770" by John H. Bufford
Boston Athenaeum 

Boston Massacre and Propaganda: Changing Depictions of Crispus Attucks

Depictions of the Boston Massacre, the chaotic melee on March 5, 1770 that left five Bostonians dead, including Crispus Attucks, offer a glimpse into the blurred lines between reality and propaganda.
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This image shows the book cover of The Boston Massacre: A Family History by Serena Zabin. The background is white. The Boston Massacre is written in red at the top. A Family History and Serena’s name are written on the bottom in black. In the middle, there are four black coffins with a white skull and crossbones on each one. There are initials at the tops of the coffins. From left to right, they are SG, SM, JC, and CA.

The Boston Massacre

Read an excerpt of Serena Zabin's The Boston Massacre: A Family History.
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A version of Don Troiani's painting of the Boston Massacre with numbered hotpots to highlight different parts of the scene.
Liberty Exhibit

Breaking Down Don Troiani's "The Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770" Painting

Take a detailed look at Don Troiani's "The Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770" painting that depicts the chaotic scene in Boston that left five people dead and was used to turn colonists against King George III's rule.
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