This Day in History

March 5, 1770: Crispus Attucks Killed

Time Periods: 1765
Themes: African American, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks. Source: Public Domain.

Crispus Attucks was a merchant seaman and dockworker of African and Wampanoag descent.

On March 5, 1770, he was the first person shot to death by the British during the Boston Massacre, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The many primary documents from the Library of Congress about the trial for his murder include “copies of reports and transcripts of the court proceedings published in 1770, 1807, and 1824, as well as a history of the Boston Massacre ‘consisting of the narrative of the town, the trial of the soldiers, and a historical introduction, containing unpublished documents of John Adams, and explanatory notes,’ published one hundred years later in 1870.”

Below is a list of resources for teaching outside the textbook about the period of the American Revolution.