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ERIC Number: ED272960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
The Making of a Myth: Rhetoric of Eye Witness Accounts of the Boston Massacre.
Elmes, Jane M.
The speed with which the Whigs and Tories recognized the mythical value of events of March 5, 1770, provides students of rhetoric with an example of how violent confrontation can be used for political purposes. Analysis of eye witness accounts of what history has named the Boston Massacre--including an original account of the event by the town of Boston and the transcript of the British soldiers' trial that was held from November 27 to December 5, 1770--shows a contrast between the motives of the alleged participants as portrayed in pretrial rhetorical discourse and the legal arguments for establishing cause at the trial. By studying additional rhetorical forms, including sermons, engravings, and strategies used to promote a particular interpretation of events for audiences in England, it is clear that when historical events are transformed by means of mythical orientations common to rhetoric, they become rhetorical myths. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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