The Story of the Boston Massacre Trials of 1770.

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For many Americans, the Boston Massacre is a well known event. It became the symbol of resistance to British policies. The subsequent trials, however are not as well known. These trials contributed to the development of an American system of law. In particular, they served to establish the principle of the rule of law. In a politically hostile environment two reasonably fair trials by jury were conducted. And one of the attorneys who defended the captain and the soldiers accused of firing upon unarmed Boston citizens, was future US president John Adams. Moreover, these trials represent an 18th century example of a white man, as an agent of law enforcement, being indicted for the murder of a black man. Please visit my YT channel, To find more of my podcasts, please visit

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