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Each year through 2026, the America250PADelco Committee will select a title connected to the history of the Declaration of Independence and American Revolution to be that year’s Revolutionary Reads Community Read.

The 2022 title was The Boston Massacre: A Family History by Serena Zabin.

This year's events have concluded. See you in 2023!
From the book jacket: The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But the history of the event has always obscured a fascinating truth: that the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

Historian Serena Zabin weaves colorful stories from original sources, following British troops as they make their way from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs and and sharing baptisms – becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution. 
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Serena Zabin is a professor of history and director of the American studies program at Carleton College. In addition to The Boston Massacre, she is the author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York. She is also the codesigner of a forthcoming serious video game about the Boston Massacre, Witness to the Revolution.
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The Revolutionary Reads Community Read from America250PADelco is presented in partnership with Widener University and Delaware County Libraries.

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