Crispus Attucks & Benjamin Franklin

By: Bre'Ajah & Caleb S.

Boston Massacre

Have you ever wondered why the Boston Massacre was called the Boston Massacre? Well keep reading to find out!!

Crispus Attucks Personal Life

Crispus Attucks was born in 1723 and passed away on March 5,1770. He lived in Framingham,Massachusetts around 1757 and took up residence in Boston. Crispus was a martyr and a run away slave. He was also the first colonist killed by the British.

Crispus Attucks Historical Background

Crispus was a member and maybe the leader, of a mob that assaulted a squad of British Soldiers. He and other Americans waved their weapons and shouted; the British opened fire and Attucks was shot twice.

Crispus Attucks Historical Role and Importance

The British captain and six of the group were acquitted, including the soldier who had been charged with killing Attucks. During the trial John Adams was the lawyer for the British. Wait but didn't he go on to be the second U.S. president? Yes he did but he defended them and painted Attucks as a trouble maker during the trial. Attucks was immediately recognized as hero despite what others thought; it is said that 10,000 people joined his funeral. He also became a powerful symbol as a martyr in the American Colonists struggle against the British.

Crispus Attucks Remembrance

Attucks was the only victim of the Boston Massacre whose name was widely remembered. He became a powerful symbol as a martyr in the American colonists' struggle against the British. For years the people of Boston marked March 5th as Crispus Attcuks Day to commemorate the turning point in the struggle against the British.
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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston , Massachusetts. Ben was baptized the same day. He lived with his mom (Abiah Folger), his dad (Josiah Franklin), and his 10 brothers and sisters. At the age of 14, Ben boarded a ship with his best friend (John Collins) and ran away from home.

Ben later married a woman named Deborah Read, but she later died on December 19, 1774. At the age of 40, Ben discovered electricity while flying a kite with a key attached to it during a storm. During the American Revolution, Ben was the ambassador to France and wrote the political cartoon, 'Join or Die." Later on he helped to write the Treaty of Paris.

Benjamin Franklin wrote an autobiography called,"Autobiography," but he wasn't able to finish it because of his death. Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84. Throughout his life he was an author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and a diplomat.



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