An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre

March 23, 2018

An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre
Presented by Dr. Serena Zabin, Carleton College, MN

Friday, March 23, 2018
VCU Cabell Library, 901 Park Avenue, Room 202

For details, see the Cabell Libarary event's page:


Most of us think we know the story of the Boston Massacre. Historian's attention has long been focused on what happened that night and the guilt or innocence of the different players involved. Professor Zabin offers an entirely new interpretation by widening the lens to include a picture of the Boston world in the years leading up to March of 1770 and an understanding of those Boston neighborhoods, networks of friends and relations, and the personal tensions that existed at the time. In her talk, Dr. Zabin will show that the Boston Massacre was actually a clash not of strangers but of neighbors who knew each other all too well.

Serena Zabin is a professor of history at Carleton College in Minnesota, where she is the current Director of American Studies. Her research interests include Colonial America, Early Modern Atlantic World, Age of Revolution, the Early Republic, women, race, and gender in American history. She is the author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in British New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), and is working on An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre, under contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia funds this lecture. The national organization was founded in 1783 by a group of Revolutionary officers, with George Washington as its first president. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Parking, for a fee, is available on the VCU Main Street Parking deck at the corner of Laurel and Main Streets.

Sponsored by the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati and the VCU Department of History. Direct questions to Dr. Carolyn Eastman (