This bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on the American Revolutionary War – Crispus Attucks & the Boston Massacre. The total number of slides in the presentations is 36. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Crispus Attucks was an African-American man killed during the Boston Massacre and thus believed to be the first casualty of the American Revolution. Attucks is thought to have been born around 1723 in Framingham, MA. His father was likely a slave and his mother a Natick Indian.
A 1750 ad in the Boston Gazette sought the recovery of a runaway slave named "Crispas," but all that is known about Attucks is that he was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. Attucks was one of those at the fore of the fight amid dozens of people, and when the British opened fire he was the 1st of 5 men killed. His murder thus made him the first casualty of the American Revolution.
Attucks's legacy has continued to endure, 1st with the American colonists eager to break from British rule, 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.
Power point presentation #1 is entitled, the American Revolutionary War – Key Figures – Crispus Attucks and contains 14 slides and covers the following:
Background & Early Life
Escape from Slavery
Trial & Acquittals
End of Presentation
The Boston Massacre, known as the Incident on King Street by the British, was an incident on March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers killed 5 male civilians and injured 6 others. The incident was heavily propagandized by leading Patriots, such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams, to fuel animosity toward the British authorities.
British troops had been stationed in Boston, capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, since 1768 to protect and support crown-appointed colonial officials attempting to enforce unpopular Parliamentary legislation. Amid ongoing tense relations between the population and the soldiers, a mob formed around a British sentry, who was subjected to verbal abuse and harassment. He was eventually supported by 8 additional soldiers, who were subjected to verbal threats and thrown objects. They fired into the crowd, without orders, instantly killing 3 people and wounding others. 2 more people died later of wounds sustained in the incident.
Following the trials, tension in Boston remained high. On March 5, the same day as the massacre, Lord North introduced a bill in Parliament that called for a partial repeal of the Townshend Acts. With the situation in the colonies reaching a critical point, Parliament eliminated most aspects of the Townshend Acts in April 1770, but left a tax on tea. Despite this, conflict continued to brew. It would come to head in 1774 following the Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party.
In the months after the latter, Parliament passed a series of punitive laws, dubbed the Intolerable Acts, which set the colonies and Britain firmly on the path to war. The American Revolution would begin on April 19, 1775, when to two sides first clashed at Lexington and Concord.
Power point presentation #2 is entitled, the American Revolutionary War - The Boston Massacre and contains 22 slides and covers the following:
The Stamp Act
Trial & Acquittal
Path to War
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... the American Revolutionary War.