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Crispus Attucks

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Governor
Most know the name, but precious little else. Here's the little that is known of him:


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Crispus Attucks was an African American man killed during the Boston Massacre and believed to be the first casualty of the American Revolution.

Who Was Crispus Attucks?
Crispus Attucks was born around 1723 in Framingham, Massachusetts. His father was likely a slave and his mother a Natick Indian. All that is definitely known about Attucks is that he was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. In 1888, the Crispus Attucks monument was unveiled in Boston Common.
Background and Early Life
Born into slavery around 1723, Attucks was believed to be the son of Prince Yonger, a slave shipped to America from Africa, and Nancy Attucks, a Natick Indian. Little is known about Attucks' life or his family, who reputedly resided in a town just outside of Boston.

What has been pieced together paints a picture of a young man who showed an early skill for buying and trading goods. He seemed unafraid of the consequences of escaping the bonds of slavery. Historians have theorized that Attucks was the focus of an advertisement in a 1750 edition of the Boston Gazette in which a white landowner offered to pay 10 pounds for the return of a young runaway slave.

"Ran away from his Master, William Brown of Framingham, on the 30th of Sept. last, a Molatto Fellow, about 27 Year of age, named Crispas, 6 Feet two Inches high, short curl'd Hair...," the advertisement read.

Attucks, however, managed to escape for good, spending the next two decades on trading ships and whaling vessels coming in and out of Boston. He also found work as a rope maker.

Crispus Attucks and the Boston Massacre
As British control over the colonies tightened, tensions escalated between the colonists and British soldiers. Attucks was one of those directly affected by the worsening situation. Seamen like Attucks constantly lived with the threat they could be forced into the British navy, while back on land, British soldiers regularly took part-time work away from colonists.
On March 2, 1770, a fight erupted between a group of Boston rope makers and three British soldiers. The conflict was ratcheted up three nights later when a British soldier looking for work reportedly entered a Boston pub, only to be greeted by furious sailors, one of whom was Attucks.


The details regarding what followed are a source of debate, but that evening, a group of Bostonians approached a guard in front of the customs house and started taunting him. The situation quickly escalated. When a contingent of British redcoats came to the defense of their fellow soldier, more angry Bostonians joined the fracas, throwing snowballs and other items at the troops.

How Did Crispus Attucks Die?
Attucks was one of those at the front of the fight amid dozens of people, and when the British opened fire he was the first of five men killed. His murder made him the first casualty of the American Revolution.

Quickly becoming known as the Boston Massacre, the episode further propelled the colonies toward war with the British.


Trial After the Boston Massacre
The flames were fanned even more when the eight soldiers involved in the incident and their captain Thomas Preston, who was tried separately from his men, were acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. John Adams, who went on to become the second U.S. president, defended the soldiers in court. During the trial, Adams labeled the colonists as an unruly mob that forced his clients to open fire.

Adams charged that Attucks helped lead the attack, however, debate has raged over how involved he actually was in the fight. Future Founding Father Samuel Adams claimed Attucks was simply "leaning on a stick" when the gunshots erupted.

Accomplishments & Legacy
Attucks became a martyr. His body was transported to Faneuil Hall, where he and the others killed in the attack were laid in state. City leaders waived segregation laws in the case and permitted Attucks to be buried with the others.

In the years since his death, Attucks' legacy has continued to endure, first with the American colonists eager to break from British rule, and later among 19th-century abolitionists and 20th-century civil rights activists. In his 1964 book Why We Can't Wait, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lauded Attucks for his moral courage and his defining role in American history.




 
Most know the name, but precious little else. Here's the little that is known of him:


View attachment 48098

Crispus Attucks was an African American man killed during the Boston Massacre and believed to be the first casualty of the American Revolution.

Who Was Crispus Attucks?
Crispus Attucks was born around 1723 in Framingham, Massachusetts. His father was likely a slave and his mother a Natick Indian. All that is definitely known about Attucks is that he was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. In 1888, the Crispus Attucks monument was unveiled in Boston Common.
Background and Early Life
Born into slavery around 1723, Attucks was believed to be the son of Prince Yonger, a slave shipped to America from Africa, and Nancy Attucks, a Natick Indian. Little is known about Attucks' life or his family, who reputedly resided in a town just outside of Boston.

What has been pieced together paints a picture of a young man who showed an early skill for buying and trading goods. He seemed unafraid of the consequences of escaping the bonds of slavery. Historians have theorized that Attucks was the focus of an advertisement in a 1750 edition of the Boston Gazette in which a white landowner offered to pay 10 pounds for the return of a young runaway slave.

"Ran away from his Master, William Brown of Framingham, on the 30th of Sept. last, a Molatto Fellow, about 27 Year of age, named Crispas, 6 Feet two Inches high, short curl'd Hair...," the advertisement read.

Attucks, however, managed to escape for good, spending the next two decades on trading ships and whaling vessels coming in and out of Boston. He also found work as a rope maker.

Crispus Attucks and the Boston Massacre
As British control over the colonies tightened, tensions escalated between the colonists and British soldiers. Attucks was one of those directly affected by the worsening situation. Seamen like Attucks constantly lived with the threat they could be forced into the British navy, while back on land, British soldiers regularly took part-time work away from colonists.
On March 2, 1770, a fight erupted between a group of Boston rope makers and three British soldiers. The conflict was ratcheted up three nights later when a British soldier looking for work reportedly entered a Boston pub, only to be greeted by furious sailors, one of whom was Attucks.


The details regarding what followed are a source of debate, but that evening, a group of Bostonians approached a guard in front of the customs house and started taunting him. The situation quickly escalated. When a contingent of British redcoats came to the defense of their fellow soldier, more angry Bostonians joined the fracas, throwing snowballs and other items at the troops.


How Did Crispus Attucks Die?
Attucks was one of those at the front of the fight amid dozens of people, and when the British opened fire he was the first of five men killed. His murder made him the first casualty of the American Revolution.

Quickly becoming known as the Boston Massacre, the episode further propelled the colonies toward war with the British.


Trial After the Boston Massacre
The flames were fanned even more when the eight soldiers involved in the incident and their captain Thomas Preston, who was tried separately from his men, were acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. John Adams, who went on to become the second U.S. president, defended the soldiers in court. During the trial, Adams labeled the colonists as an unruly mob that forced his clients to open fire.

Adams charged that Attucks helped lead the attack, however, debate has raged over how involved he actually was in the fight. Future Founding Father Samuel Adams claimed Attucks was simply "leaning on a stick" when the gunshots erupted.

Accomplishments & Legacy
Attucks became a martyr. His body was transported to Faneuil Hall, where he and the others killed in the attack were laid in state. City leaders waived segregation laws in the case and permitted Attucks to be buried with the others.

In the years since his death, Attucks' legacy has continued to endure, first with the American colonists eager to break from British rule, and later among 19th-century abolitionists and 20th-century civil rights activists. In his 1964 book Why We Can't Wait, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lauded Attucks for his moral courage and his defining role in American history.





And today we would label him a thug, deserving of being gunned down while unarmed by the state.
 

Zam-Zam

Governor
Actually it is an all to common occurrence in american an society.
Sure. It happens every time British soldiers fire on unarmed Americans.

Look, we get it. For you, everything sucks all the time, and your greatest fear is that people are not as miserable as you are. You need help.

There are resources for people who need help, but it's up to you whether or not to avail yourself of them.

Or you could just continue to be angry, rant at people, and wallow in self-pity.

If you choose the latter course, I won't be joining you. Have a nice day.
 
Sure. It happens every time British soldiers fire on unarmed Americans.

Look, we get it. For you, everything sucks all the time, and your greatest fear is that people are not as miserable as you are. You need help.

There are resources for people who need help, but it's up to you whether or not to avail yourself of them.

Or you could just continue to be angry, rant at people, and wallow in self-pity.

If you choose the latter course, I won't be joining you. Have a nice day.

Another fine american who cannot handle his reality objectively. Your militarized white supremacist infiltrated mass surveillanced up corporate state police are your current occupational force as it applies to the homeland. And yeah, we've seen them repeatedly gun down unarmed citizens. We've also seen them run and hide during our mass school shooting gallery expositions. It's all an extension of how we use our empirical militarist global occupational military abroad.

Being aware of ones surroundings is neither anger nor fear producing, nor does it lead to ranting or self-pity. Stating reality often does trigger fear, anger, denial, rants, tweets, FB posts/diatribes and the la-la-la-laing with fingers inserted into ears among much of the population. But that's what your half a dozen multinational corporation controlled media machine is for; to manage the illusion for the masses.

You may now return to your corporate state programming.
 
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Zam-Zam

Governor
Another fine american who cannot handle his reality objectively. Your militarized white supremacist infiltrated mass surveillanced up corporate state police are your current occupational force as it applies to the homeland. And yeah, we've seen them repeatedly gun down unarmed citizens. We've also seen them run and hide during our mass school shooting gallery expositions. It's all an extension of how we use our empirical militarist global occupational military abroad.

Being aware of ones surroundings is neither anger nor fear producing, nor does it lead to ranting or self-pity. Stating reality often does trigger fear, anger, denial, rants, tweets, FB posts/diatribes and the la-la-la-laing with fingers inserted into ears among much of the population. But that's what your half a dozen multinational corporation controlled media machine is for; to manage the illusion for the masses.

You may now return to your corporate state programming.

Are you being held against your will?

Or are you free to leave at any time?
 
Most know the name, but precious little else. Here's the little that is known of him:


View attachment 48098

Crispus Attucks was an African American man killed during the Boston Massacre and believed to be the first casualty of the American Revolution.

Who Was Crispus Attucks?
Crispus Attucks was born around 1723 in Framingham, Massachusetts. His father was likely a slave and his mother a Natick Indian. All that is definitely known about Attucks is that he was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. In 1888, the Crispus Attucks monument was unveiled in Boston Common.
Background and Early Life
Born into slavery around 1723, Attucks was believed to be the son of Prince Yonger, a slave shipped to America from Africa, and Nancy Attucks, a Natick Indian. Little is known about Attucks' life or his family, who reputedly resided in a town just outside of Boston.

What has been pieced together paints a picture of a young man who showed an early skill for buying and trading goods. He seemed unafraid of the consequences of escaping the bonds of slavery. Historians have theorized that Attucks was the focus of an advertisement in a 1750 edition of the Boston Gazette in which a white landowner offered to pay 10 pounds for the return of a young runaway slave.

"Ran away from his Master, William Brown of Framingham, on the 30th of Sept. last, a Molatto Fellow, about 27 Year of age, named Crispas, 6 Feet two Inches high, short curl'd Hair...," the advertisement read.

Attucks, however, managed to escape for good, spending the next two decades on trading ships and whaling vessels coming in and out of Boston. He also found work as a rope maker.

Crispus Attucks and the Boston Massacre
As British control over the colonies tightened, tensions escalated between the colonists and British soldiers. Attucks was one of those directly affected by the worsening situation. Seamen like Attucks constantly lived with the threat they could be forced into the British navy, while back on land, British soldiers regularly took part-time work away from colonists.
On March 2, 1770, a fight erupted between a group of Boston rope makers and three British soldiers. The conflict was ratcheted up three nights later when a British soldier looking for work reportedly entered a Boston pub, only to be greeted by furious sailors, one of whom was Attucks.


The details regarding what followed are a source of debate, but that evening, a group of Bostonians approached a guard in front of the customs house and started taunting him. The situation quickly escalated. When a contingent of British redcoats came to the defense of their fellow soldier, more angry Bostonians joined the fracas, throwing snowballs and other items at the troops.


How Did Crispus Attucks Die?
Attucks was one of those at the front of the fight amid dozens of people, and when the British opened fire he was the first of five men killed. His murder made him the first casualty of the American Revolution.

Quickly becoming known as the Boston Massacre, the episode further propelled the colonies toward war with the British.


Trial After the Boston Massacre
The flames were fanned even more when the eight soldiers involved in the incident and their captain Thomas Preston, who was tried separately from his men, were acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. John Adams, who went on to become the second U.S. president, defended the soldiers in court. During the trial, Adams labeled the colonists as an unruly mob that forced his clients to open fire.

Adams charged that Attucks helped lead the attack, however, debate has raged over how involved he actually was in the fight. Future Founding Father Samuel Adams claimed Attucks was simply "leaning on a stick" when the gunshots erupted.

Accomplishments & Legacy
Attucks became a martyr. His body was transported to Faneuil Hall, where he and the others killed in the attack were laid in state. City leaders waived segregation laws in the case and permitted Attucks to be buried with the others.

In the years since his death, Attucks' legacy has continued to endure, first with the American colonists eager to break from British rule, and later among 19th-century abolitionists and 20th-century civil rights activists. In his 1964 book Why We Can't Wait, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lauded Attucks for his moral courage and his defining role in American history.




Thank you for this info. I had heard of Crispus Attucks, but never knew much about him.
 
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