Happy 4th of July – Who Was the First Casualty of the American Revolution?

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      Passionate Progressive
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      In honor of our 4th of July, here’s a reminder – Crispus Attucks, credited with being the first ‘American’ casualty of the Revolutionary War was of African American-Native American descent. Crispus Attucks (c.1723 – March 5, 1770) was an American stevedore of African and Native American descent, widely regarded as the first person killed in the Boston Massacre and thus the first American killed in the American Revolution. Historians disagree on whether he was a free man or an escaped slave, but most agree that he was of Natick[2] (or possibly Wampanoag)[3] and African descent. Two major sources of eyewitness testimony about the Boston Massacre published in 1770 did not refer to him as “black” nor as a “Negro”; it appears that Bostonians viewed him as being of mixed ethnicity. According to a contemporaneous account in the Pennsylvania Gazette, he was a “Mulattoe man, named Crispus Attucks, who was born in Framingham, but lately belonged to New-Providence, and was here in order to go for North Carolina.”[4]


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      Crispus Attucks!

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      does anyone know if there is a statue of him in Boston?


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      HalfCentury Man
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      All our ancesters made history; some ingloriously, some quietly, some spectacularly.

      Who we choose to remember in the public square tells the world who we are.

      Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

      John F. Kennedy: 13 March 1962.

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