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A dramatic untold "people’s history" of the storied event that helped trigger the American Revolution

The story of the Boston Massacre - when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death - is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political. 

Professor 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. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these 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. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.    

Serena Zabin’s The Boston Massacre delivers an indelible new slant on iconic American Revolutionary history.

©2020 Serena Zabin (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • 12-06-2020

if could give Zero I would. 5 chpts in & gave up!!

it is HORRIBLE! Dull & boring. 5 chpts in & couldn't listen to another minute.

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  • Will French
  • 14-03-2021

Absolutely loved it

A must-buy book for anyone interested in the American Revolution. Zabin introduces a new perspective on an old story that is captivating from start to finish.

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