Let’s do some history “How has our understanding of Crispus Attucks changed over time?” Textbooks Wikipedia Primary Source accounts
Let's compare to WP article, as it was first created(History --> view earliest)> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boston_Massacre&oldid=20348411:02, 8 September 2002...3 other edits that same day, all in about 20 minutes from the initial draftAll edits just copy-editing, linking> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boston_Massacre&diff=412511&oldid=203484
Initial text 11:02, 8 September 2002 184.108.40.206 (talk) The Boston Massacre occurred 5 March 1770AD. This was one of the events that helped spark the American Revolution. In an event much like what would happen over 200 years later at Kent State, a mob of men began taunting armed soldiers. After some of the men began throwing ice at the British soldiers, eventually the soldiers fired back. In this action, 5 Americans died, including one Crispus Attucks, the first known African-American Casualty of the American Revolution. Six more were injured. The event was immortalized by an engraver named Paul Revere. In a post-massacre trial, 6 soldiers were found non-guilty, and 2 more-- the only two proven to have fired-- were found guilty of manslaughter. John Adams acted as defense attorney.
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What has happened to the Boston Massacre entry since then? Current version has been greatly expanded As of Sept 25, 2009: 1686 editors (http://toolserver.org/~daniel/WikiSense/Contributors.php?wikifam=.wikipedia.org&wikilang=en&order=-edit_count&page=Boston+Massacre&grouped=on&ofs=0&max=1000) About 3000 edits total
(How does the structure of Wikipedia help us understand the discipline of history?) Focus on Crispus Attucks. He gets singled out by name in both the textbook and the first version of the Wikipedia article, as well as all of the 1657 versions that followed. …was Attucks singled out in Revere's print?
Text below the engraving: “Unhappy Boston! see thy Sons deplore, Thy hallowed Walks besmeared with guiltless Gore." Also listed are the "unhappy Sufferers" Saml Gray, Saml Maverick, James Caldwell, Crispus Attucks, and Patrick Carr (killed) and it is noted that there were "Six wounded; two of them (Christr Monk & John Clark) Mortally.”
How did we get to such singular focus on Attucks? Why does he get all or most of the attention? Wikipedia article on Crispus Attucks actually gives us a lot to go onhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispus_Attucks