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Sourcing (Answer these questions before reading the document): 1) Who was Thomas Preston? A loyalist and captain of the regiment 2) When was it written? After the events 3) Why was it written? In an attempt to justify the actions taken by British soldiers 4) What do you predict this document will say? I think the document will defend the actions of the British troops, and do its best to portray the colonists as being the primary instigators. Close Reading (to be answered after reading the primary source documents) : 5) According to the document, what happened at the Boston Massacre? The soldiers were instructed to not fire into the crowd, and the Officer was doing his best to disperse the mob. After being attacked the soldiers began to fire 6) According to the document, who is responsible for the Boston Massacre? The document blames the soldiers who let lose the shots without orders, although it is quick to forgive them for reasons such as confusion and panic.

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