I read a book about the Boston Massacre the was originally named the bloody massacre. The amount of killed persons is generally accepted to be 5 people. The Fifth of March is a 1993 novel about the Boston Massacre (of March 5, 1770) by historian and author Ann Rinaldi, who was also the author of many other historical fiction novels such as Girl in Blue and A Break with Charity. This book is about a young indentured servant girl named Rachel Marsh who finds herself changing as she meets many people, including young Matthew Kilroy, a British private in the 29th regiment.
Rachel Marsh falls in love with the young Matthew Kilroy and continues to help him even after he is sent to jail for murder. She wants the people she works for, John Adams, to help him and 8 other soldiers out of jail, but that would ruin his career. In the end John Adams does help the soldiers, but two of them including Matthew are accused of manslaughter. Matthew is shipped back to England. Also Rachel is reinstated to another family for John Adams and his family are going back to Braintree.
Rachel Marsh Indentured servant to John and Abigail Adams (from Braintree). shy behavior and felt left out on information.
John Adams is a lawyer and husband to Abigail Adams
and who fought for independence and fought against the Stamp Act, believed in the written word and the law.
Abigail Adams who is John Adams wife who is calm and relaxed and read books.
Uncle Eb who is mean and abusive uncle to Rachel and is loyal to the crown and successful.
Jane Washburn who is Rachel's best friend who knows everyone. and everything. very saucy. believes in women's rights. in mob. whig. also a maid servant to Sarah Welsteed.
Captain Ebenezer Mackintosh who is a shoemaker who was 28 and...
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...own choices and the uncertainty that accompanies growing up. Rachel Marsh is a twelve year old indentured servant at the beginning of this novel. She is as lucky in her establishment as she is ill-fated in her sole remaining family member, the crucial, predictable, corrupt and wicked uncle. She is (and was in reality) the nursemaid to John and Abigail Adams. Abigail, an intelligent and forward thinking woman, mentors the young Rachel with books and unfettered opinions. While she is on her quest “to better herself,” she meets up with many of the pivotal figures of the Boston Massacre, such as Henry Knox, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. Central to Rachel’s saga is her friendship with a young redcoat who becomes involved in the Massacre, causing Rachel even more confusion as she makes her mind up about liberty, civil actions and personal and national freedom and identity.
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