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Society of the Cincinnati Lecture: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre

Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre. Depicts British Soldiers in red jackets shooting Boston colonists with smoke coming out of British muskets.



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


The VCU Department of History presents the Society of the Cincinnati Lecture. Serena Zabin, Ph.D., discusses her upcoming book An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre. The book details the events of the Boston Massacre through a personal lens, showing that it was not a clash of strangers but of neighbors who knew each other all too well.

The event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

About the Speaker

Serena Zabin, Ph.D, is a professor of history at Carleton College and the author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in British New York
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). She has received extensive support for An Intimate History of
the Boston Massacre, including grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Book

When British troops and the families that always accompanied 18th-century armies
came to Boston in 1768, British politicians hoped their presence would intimidate Bostonians.
Instead, soldiers and their wives put down roots, extended their families and became inhabitants of
Boston. Zabin's research deep into the Boston archives allows us to understand those Boston
neighborhoods, networks of friends and relations, and the gossip that circulated around everyone.
This research allows her to show that when some soldiers shot unarmed civilians in the
street seventeen months later, the rupture that followed was personal as well as political. Her careful
reading of the trial testimony as well as many much-overlooked archival sources shows those
personal tensions vividly.

Image: Serena Zabin, courtesy of Carleton College. Boston Massacre engraving by Paul Revere.


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