Attucks, Crispus, -1770

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Crispus Attucks (d. March 5, 1770, Boston, MA) was an American 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 Crispus Attucks was a free man or an escaped slave. Despite the lack of clarity over whether he was a slave, Attucks became an icon of the anti-slavery movement in the mid-19th century. In the 1850s, as the abolitionist movement gained momentum in Boston, supporters lauded Attucks as having played a heroic role in the history of the United States.

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referencedIn MGM - Crispus Attucks United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Buffalo Soldiers: Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell / New Songs and Stories of the West / Patrick Gass / Stout, Healthy, Unmarried Men / Tribal History at the End of the Trail / York: A Panel Discussion United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Inheritance. No. 49, Boston Massacre ; Invitation to learning. No. 150 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Buffalo Soldiers: Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell / New Songs and Stories of the West / Patrick Gass / Stout, Healthy, Unmarried Men / Tribal History at the End of the Trail / York: A Panel Discussion United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Durham, Richard. Richard Durham radio scripts, 1948-1950. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Advertisement. Atlanta History Center, Kenan Research Center / Cherokee Garden Library
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Wheildon, William W. (William Willder), 1805-1892. The Boston Massacre, 1770 : the Massacre monument, 1888 : scrapbook, 1888. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
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associatedWith Atlanta Life Insurance Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Durham, Richard. person
associatedWith Wheildon, William W. (William Willder), 1805-1892. person
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Mashpee MA US
United States 00 US
Boston MA US
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Revolutionary War, American, 1775-1783
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Sailors
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Death 1770-03-05

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