Crispus Attucks (ca. 1723–1770) was one of the civilians killed by British soldiers in the Boston Massacre of 1770. Little is known about Attucks’ life before the Boston Massacre, but he was likely a fugitive slave of African American and American Indian heritage. He probably worked as a sailor and was certainly among the crowd who gathered on Boston’s King Street on March 5, 1770, to confront British soldiers stationed there.
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This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. The lessons are built around the use of textual...