The Rebellion of Jane Clarke
Boston Massacre Facts
Benjamin Franklin predicted the Boston Massacre in 1768 from England, declaring that if the British chose to send soldiers to America, "They will not find a rebellion; they may indeed make one."
Years after the Boston Massacre John Adams said of it: "On the night of March 5, 1770, the foundation of American independence was laid," but during the trials of Captain Preston and the other British soldiers, he fought on the "wrong" side.
The loyalist lawyer Samuel Quincy helped prosecute the British soldiers; his brother Josiah, a patriot, helped defend them.
Although Crispus Attucks, an African-Indian, was the first victim of the Boston Massacre, three African slaves were allowed to testify on behalf of the British soldiers - but only if their owners would testify for their characters first.
Jane Whitehouse, the only woman to testify at the British soldiers' trial and the inspiration for Jane Clarke, was a key witness in the case.
Paul Revere's famous engraving of the Boston Massacre was not only a lie but a plagiary.
Although John Adams vindicated the soldiers in the courtroom, his cousin Sam Adams convicted them in the newspapers - and the history books - for over a century and a half.
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