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  • Writer's pictureStephen Himes

The Boston Massacre: What Can We Learn About the Role of Protest in American Democracy?

This idea has been in development for five years, but we couldn't launch because of COVID-19. I have met with the Massachusetts Historical Society to integrate John Adams' personal handwritten trial notes into the course, along with several excellent programs with the folks at Revolutionary Spaces (the organization that oversees the Old State Meeting House and the Old South Meeting House). The Boston Massacre marker is right there in front of the Meeting House, but as we'll discover, the *politics* of how the marker got placed there might not be historically accurate (it reflects the view of the famous Paul Revere engraving, one of history's most effective works of political propaganda, as we'll learn at the Paul Revere House)

Beyond that, we've found several Only-In-Boston fun events for the group, including a mystery hunt through central Boston, tea and dinner at the museum where the most expensive art heist in American history happened, and taking the ferry across the bay to Provincetown for seafood and to learn how institutions on Cape Cod are re-framing the story of Thanksgiving.

This course is ready-to-go, complete with two recent books on the Massacre that are vital to our understanding of American democracy. This trip is the perfect complement to APUSH or your IB American History course. We have a special focus on Crispus Attucks' evolution as a figure of the Civil Rights Movement.

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