Cultural Literacy: Crispus Attucks

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Crispus Attucks. Mr. Attucks was stevedore of African and Native American descent.

He was also the first person killed in the Boston Massacre in 1770, and therefore the first person killed for the cause of the independence of the original 13 colonies of this nation. Those are the basic facts of his life, and they should be known. Given the history of Americans of African descent in this country since, Crispus Attucks’ life might be an apt instantiation of irony, especially bitter irony–or even better, cruel irony–in history.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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