Why did Samuel Adams label the violence in Boston as a massacre?

1 Answer
Oct 4, 2017

He wanted to use it as propaganda.


The Boston Massacre was after major taxes such as the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, and the Townshend Acts. The colonists didn't like the Crown taking control of their life. They were relatively independent for a hundred years. This caused tension between the colonists and the British soldiers. All the tension caused by these acts exploded at the Boston Massacre.

Samuel Adams was against all of the taxes since he thought is was unlawful and violated the colonists' natural rights such as life, liberty, and property. He used the Boston Massacre as a way to convince the colonists to challenge British authority.