Often overlooked, the occupation of Boston by British Troops in 1768 went on to last eight years and was a signal event in sparking the American Revolution. The Friends of the Truro Meeting House will observe the 250th anniversary of this chapter in the growing colonial conflict with a talk by the popular historian Robert J. Allison on Thursday, August 9 at 7 PM. The talk is free and open to the public.
Perhaps the occupation’s most famous incident was the Boston Massacre that occurred in front of Boston’s State House on March 5, in1770, yet several more years were to pass before open hostilities broke out. Allison will give an account of the actions that forced the British hand to punish Boston and a glimpse into what life was like in a city divided into Loyalists and rebels.
Allison is a Professor of History at Suffolk University in Boston and the author of numerous works. His most recent is The American Revolution: A Concise History, published by Oxford University Press in 2011. His other histories include The Boston Tea Party, The Boston Massacre, Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies, a Short History of Boston, The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815; and a Short History of Cape Cod. He wrote a biography of the famed sailor, Stephen Decatur, published by the University of Massachusetts Press, Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero. He also edited and wrote the introduction to the definitive Third Edition of The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, the acclaimed autobiography of an African slave who provided the first authoritative account of the Atlantic slave trade as experienced by someone who lived the ordeal.
The Truro Meeting House, an historic landmark listed in the National Register, is located at 3 First Parish Lane next to Truro Town Hall just a short distance from Route 6 in Truro Center.