American Revolution

Halifax Gazette

Newspaper Article

At seven years old, Isaiah Thomas was placed in an apprenticeship with the printer Zechariah Fowle in Boston. Fowle was a poor printer, and it was not long before Thomas had learned the trade and conducted business better than his master.

When he was sixteen, Thomas left his...

A Narrative of the Excursion and Ravages of the King's Troops

Book Excerpt

This document was one of the first items printed in Worcester after Thomas’s arrival in April 1775. It gave a more official account of what had occurred on the day of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

On the front page, you will see that this Narrative includes “Depositions...

Monumental Inscription on the Fifth of March

This document is the result of the attack between five colonists and His Majesty’s 29th regiment in Boston on March 5th, 1770.

The Massachusetts Spy, May 3, 1775

Newspaper Article

All colonial newspapers appeared weekly and were sold by subscriptions. While most colonial newspapers had circulations of between 500 and 1,000, the Massachusetts Spy had a circulation of 3,500 from subscribers throughout the thirteen colonies making it the most popular American...

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