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For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre

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By March 5, 1770, it was dangerous to be a soldier in Boston. Colonial businessmen opposed the taxes imposed by Great Britain. The Sons of Liberty ruled the city through boycotts and riots. British troops were sent to protect lives and property. On that late winter day, a British private found himself harassed by street toughs. Then up from the docks came sailors and ruffi ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Front Street, Incorporated (first published 2009)
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 24, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in American history, especially the country’s inception
Recommended to Lisa by: Melody
Well, I think it’s completely unfair for me to compare this book to The Letter Home and Run Far, Run Fast, both of which I thought were brilliant, but it’s impossible for me to refrain from doing so. All three books are written and illustrated by the brilliant Timothy Decker.

I don’t think I’ve read anything about the Boston Massacre since I was in jr. high or high school, so the story did refresh my memory. But, it’s the illustrations that shine here, and the story is very straightforward accou
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Melody
Oct 13, 2009 Melody rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all y'all
In For Liberty Decker brings his wondrous eye to The Colonies in 1770. He's working in what feels like a larger format here, but on closer reflection is actually more of a zoomed in scale. His drawing is deceptively simple, and one can revisit his panels at length and be richly rewarded. The story itself is a familiar one to most of us, but is told here succinctly and with an underlying passion. The loving and lingering examination of the soldiers' uniforms is delightful, and the sudden switch t ...more
Michael
Apr 07, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
For those elementary and middle school kids who remember their picture book days as the last time they loved reading, here is a powerful take on a grimly fascinating event. This is "small" history; fifteen minutes that changed the world, and the drama is enhanced by stark, black and white illustrations that evoke both David MacAulay and the Manga form. Perhaps its greatest gift is to individualize the players, making the tragedy all the more human. This is history that comes alive.
Jasmyn H
Sep 08, 2014 Jasmyn H rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Decker, T. (2009). For liberty: The story of the Boston Massacre. Honesdale, Pa.: Calkins Creek.

I selected For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre as the book that I didn’t really care for because of the book’s illustrations which were black and white “graphic-fiction style”. I think that black and white pictures may not capture and hold the students’ attention as well as colored pictures might, however, some students may appreciate that aspect. This book describes the events of the Boston
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Jade Van
Jan 15, 2017 Jade Van rated it really liked it
I like this book because it is a good opportunity to incorporate reading with social studies. Using this book, you can provide students with the opportunity to role play. For role playing, they are ultimately putting themselves in the role of someone else or group of people, and then acting it out. For reenactments, students are asked to focus on people in specific events in history or present times. In other words, they are becoming that character in that period. Also, this is a good way to get ...more
Michiko
Apr 18, 2011 Michiko rated it it was amazing
"Only the bellicose remained" on the streets of Boston as the British soldiers tried to maintain order. Great book with fabulous vocabulary and wonderful ink illustrations tells a famous historical event from an perspective we don't often have access to as Americans. This book paired with the text book telling of the Boston Massacre lends itself to some amazing conversation around perspective. The opportunity to have a discussion about whose story is being told and who is being represented could ...more
babyhippoface
This one kind of has me baffled. It's the story of the Boston Massacre, told by Timothy Decker, a New Jersey resident. The title page states that it is "Addressed to the Inhabitants of America", which struck me as odd. The brief retelling of the historical incident is told in a straight-forward, documentary-type fashion and has an abrupt ending. Decker's illustrations, however, are striking and incredibly detailed black-and-white inks.
Natalie
Nov 21, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
This book does a good job of letting the reader know about what happened at the Boston Massacre and the trial that followed. This book has great illustration but i started to get bored with the book when they got into the trial part.
Sam Bloom
Great historical detail, excellent illustrations that match the text well... but I cannot believe that, although he appeared in the illustrations, Crispus Attucks wasn't mentioned by name! What was Decker thinking!?
Marge
Mar 21, 2010 Marge added it
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picture book of the boston massacre
Cindy
Oct 15, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Great book on the Boston Massacre, but I think the illustrations would be hard for kids to understand.
Snow
Oct 06, 2009 Snow rated it it was ok
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I write and draw cool children's books.

That's pretty much all I think about for most of my waking hours. It's terribly time consuming, tedious and slightly maddening.

I'm quite proud of my books, even though I tend not to think about or look at them once they leave my desk. From that point on, they belong to you guys, I guess. Enjoy them or merely shrug and pass them along.

Meanwhile, I'll just co
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