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Agents of Change LTA

Crispus Attacks

Mikey Taveras

on 13 March 2013

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Transcript of Agents of Change LTA

Crispus Attucks was born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1723. His father was Prince Younger and his mother was Nancy Attucks. His father was African and his mother was Native American. Crispus Attucks "The actions of Crispus Attucks helped others and improved American life by sparking the American Revolution and leading the colonist down the road toward independence."

Martin Luther King Jr. referred to Crispus as "...the first American to shed blood in the revolution which freed his country from British oppression..." During Crispus' time, slavery was very common. Attucks was born a slave to William Brown, until he ran away. Brown put out a reward for his capture. While at sea the British navy could have caught Crispus and returned him to slavery or simply killed him. Framingham, Massachusetts Attucks birth place. A monument was built for Crispus Attucks, it is located in Boston. Revolutionist - Paul Revere's version Loyalist - Henry Pelham's Version Grave site of Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Galdwell, Crispus Attucks, and Patrick Garr, the men that died during the Boston Massacre. In the late 1990's, Attucks was honored with a coin. At the time, there were many issues between the British government and the American colonist. The colonist at the time had difficulty get jobs, paying taxes and living by the king's rules. British soldiers and colonists would often fight for jobs on ships. British soldiers would take jobs for less money. This made colonists angry and caused the men to fight. It was even harder for Crispus to find a job because he was black and had to compete against the British. It is believed that there was a fight between colonist and British soldiers. That fight resulted in what we call, The Boston Massacre. Crispus died during this fight. He is known as the first casualty and first martyr of the American Revolution. Leaders waived law and allowed Crispus, a black man, to be buried at the Park Street Cemetery alongside the other men who were killed during the Boston Massacre. The Boston Massacre which led to the American Revolution eventually led to the independence of the colonist and creating what we know now as the United States of America. http://www.biography.com/people/crispus-attucks-9191864 Aftermath of The Boston Massacre Attucks' wanted ad To find out more information on Crispus Attacks, visit this website: BUT IT IS NOT OVER YET Trading ship during colonial times Ropes similar to this were made by rope makers during Attucks' time After escaping, Attucks became a sailor and worked on trading and whaling ships. After Attucks lost his sailing position he became a rope maker. Obstacles Boston Massacre Five colonist were dead. Only two British soldiers were punished. The colonist wanted justice, this sparked the American Revolution against the British Government. Article about the burial
of the massacre victims.
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