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THE BOSTON MASSACRE: A Family Story

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Old State House

206 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02109

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Join us to celebrate the new book from Serena Zabin that delivers an indelible new slant on iconic American Revolutionary history.

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You are invited to a reading and reception to celebrate Serena Zabin's THE BOSTON MASSACRE: A Family Story, 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.

Historian Serena Zabin weaves colorful stories from original sources, following British troops as they make their way 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 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.

The event will feature refreshments, drinks, and conversation with the author, hosted in the Council Chamber of the Old State House, overlooking the site of the Boston Massacre.

Admission is FREE, but space is limited, so registration is required.

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