Sample Research Paper on Perceptions of the Boston Massacre

Since time immemorial, oppression remains a matter of concern among many societies in
the world. Those of higher social status and wealth tend to mistreat the less fortunate and view
them as people who possess lesser human rights. As a result, the oppression leads to a gradual
uproar of resistance upon enlightening of the less fortunate. The same happened back in the days
when Europeans colonized Americans and oppressed them severely. Hence, a resistance to
oppression brought about the inception of the Boston Massacre.
Unfolding of events.
In line with Martin's (14), the critical reason that initiated the resistance that led to the
Boston massacre was an increase in revenue among locals. Unreasonably, the Europeans
escalated the revenue collected from locals and forced its implementation with immediate effect.
The revenue was quite a task to raise then among American natives since a majority had no
employment and they had to spend hours in hard turmoil to gain a living. Therefore, an increase
in tax among locals meant a surplus hardship to raise their livelihood, and to satisfy the
colonialist's interests.

Additionally, there came up an extra reason that was inhumane among the colonists
triggering their resistance of rule by Europeans. In 1770, two years later after the inception of
sluggish resistance by natives of North America. An increase of army men arrived to suppress
the locals' behaviour. However, this only fueled the colonists' rage since the military men
insisted on the evacuation of locals in Boston manufactory house, which was a premise for the
homeless, ill and the poor in the region. Evacuation of locals was a hard nut to crack since it
would leave a considerable percentage of the population with no place to refer to as home.
Due to overwhelming anger, colonists decided it was time to air their emotions and call
for justice for their people via mass demonstrations. On the fateful day of 5 March 1770 with no
much of harm expected to occur, locals headed to streets and began peaceful protests. As part of
their norm due to superiority, the Europeans army men responded to the demonstrations but, in a
cruel way since they brutally began applying force via ammunitions to suppress locals. However,
locals had experienced enough, and instantly they decided to fight back, using stones, available
wooden objects, and snowballs.
Unfortunately, due to inferior weapons among locals as compared to Europeans military,
the colonists’ natives succumbed to death in large numbers. Among them being prominent
revolutionists such as Crispus Attucks known of his prowess in sailing activities. However, the
European captain named Preston and his soldiers got apprehended for the happenings and were
to face trials from superior European courts.
Contrary to natives’ expectations, John Adams, America’s diplomat went ahead to testify
the happenings of 5 March 1770 in support of Europeans (Publition 79). The reason behind was,
he believed in fair justice, and he wanted a fair trial for Preston and his men. He claimed that

Europeans were not guilty since natives began the demonstrations, and out of the tensed
confusion, an unknown person yelled the command to fire, but he was certain that the order
never came from the captain. Eventually, the courts sided with John Adams testimony despite
other locals claiming to be witnesses and testified contrary.
However, despite the court's rulings on Europeans not being guilty of initiating the
massacre. Locals were never satisfied. The massacre acted as a vibrant spark that united
colonists' against a common enemy "European rule" and later acquired their independence out of
their persistence in rebellion.

Works Cited

Martin's, Bedford/St. Perceptions of the Boston Massacre-U.S. Macmillan Higher
Education, 2018.
Publition, Papermed. John Adams Boston Massacre Under Fire a Life: John Adam/120 Pages
Blanck,6×9 Inches,stylish Matte Finish Cover. 2020.