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History-minded families who will be homeschooling over the next few years are very fortunate because we are approaching the commemoration-filled 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. In fact, that long anniversary period can fairly be said to begin this coming week.
On the 5th of March in 1770, just 250 years ago this Thursday, a group of British soldiers in Boston fired into a crowd of civilians that were harassing them outside the Custom House on what was then called King Street. Three Americans were killed on the spot, two more died of their wounds shortly after, and very quickly the event came to be called the Boston Massacre. We recognize it now as one of the precipitating events of the American Revolution.
If you want to follow the many American Revolution anniversary events that will be taking place in the next few years, a good site to bookmark is Revolution250, sponsored by a wide range of historical organizations and institutions:
For the Boston Massacre anniversary in particular, the Massachusetts Historical Society has put together an extensive site with original documents, images, and historical commentary — everything you and your students need for a homeschool unit study:
Keep your eyes open for many more excellent educational opportunities as this period of Revolutionary anniversaries continues.
What historical events have you been studying in your homeschool lately? 😊
❡ Explore more: For a quick homeschool review of American Revolution, turn to page 298 in your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books). 📚
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