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A “Massacre” in Boston Are we sure? Was it propaganda? Some Background Many of the acts and laws passed by the British made American colonists unhappy. Sam Adams & Thomas Paine led the Revolutionary cause in the colonies. Who actually fights a war? Leaders? Common person? Give me an example in today’s society. It’s not all about dead rich white dudes. . . The truth is, in the 1700’s, most soldiers in war were the common people. Just like today! During the Revolution, the small percentage of well- known or connected men, had time to imagine what life would be like under a brave experimental government. There’s nothing wrong with admiring the founding fathers. What would be wrong would be to forget the thousands of ordinary people like us whose lives were sacrificed during the war to make a new government possible. Why does it even matter? Imagine you are one of the country’s leaders. You know for a fact that your troops and soldiers are common men: farmers, laborers, fathers supporting families. Are they gong to be willing to fight and die for a noble cause that doesn’t immediately affect them? As a leader, what do you do? You use tools, such as PROPOGANDA to gain support of people who aren’t convinced about your cause. Propoganda In your lives, think of commercials as your nearest form of propaganda. How do they convince you to do something? Pictures, words, actors, exaggeration of the truth . . . The Boston Massacre The Boston Massacre was an event in which mostly innocent, American colonists were killed by the gunfire of British soldiers. The event sparked great anger in the colonists, and helped turn them toward the cause of independence. As your read keep the word PROPAGANDA in mind. How did the leaders of the Revolution use Propaganda after the Boston Massacre?
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