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“He Has Ravaged Our Coasts…”

We tend to think of the entire basis of the American Revolution as “Taxation without Representation.”

But it was a whole lot more… including a tyrant King who thought himself above the law using terrorism against the civilian colonists to try and maintain his evil rule. It was the first time a Tyrannical King of England dared to attack his Colonists in North America. It wouldn’t be the last time…


The Fifth of March

Back in 2014, I was honored to have Robert Allison, Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Suffolk University in Boston on the show to talk about the events of March 5, 1773. 

journal_of_the_american_revolution_logo_2016I met (via the interwebs) Professor Allison via a mutual acquaintance, Todd Andrlik  of ALL THINGS LIBERTY (I’m serious… bookmark that site and read it every day!), one of my favorite and one of – if not *THE* best – American history websites out there. Plus Todd’s book, Reporting the Revolutionary War is something that everybody should have and read.

At any rate, Professor Allison was on to talk about the true story of the Boston Massacre, which in many ways is far more interesting than the romanticized version that Paul Revere gave us.

The audio quality of the interview isn’t what I would normally have liked. We had a rather spotty connection and there is a bit of noise to it, but the information is there and it is super great. It is also a bit hot, so you might want to turn your headphones down at first.

So from March 5, 2014, here is Professor Robert Allison and I talking about the Boston Massacre…

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The Intolerable Acts


intolerableOn June 2, 1774, the British Parliament issued what they called, The Coercive Acts. In the Massachusetts Colony, they would quickly become known as The Intolerable Acts, and like most legislation passed by King George III in regards to the American Colonies, they had the exact opposite effect than that intended by the King.

In effect, what the acts did was revoke every right that the colonists had as both English Citizens and as Colonists. In essence, it made Massachusetts a physical part of England, subject to direct rule of the Crown. To us today, this might not seem all that much of a reason to rebel.

That’s why it would be interesting to travel back in time and see what the Colonials thought about what was happening…

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