Eric Hinderaker - Salt Lake City

Eric Hinderaker

Eric Hinderaker

Oct 3, 2018, 7:00 pm


Eric Hinderaker

Book Title

Boston's Massacre


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Marmalade Branch - Salt Lake City Public Library
280 W 500 N
Salt Lake City , UT 84103-1861
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Historian Eric Hinderaker discusses his new book, Boston's Massacre, and the role of the massacre in the emergence of American Democracy on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Marmalade Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library at 7:00 PM.

On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd in front of Boston’s Custom House, killing five people. This event, which came to be known as the Boston Massacre and was a key trigger in the coming of the American Revolution, is familiar yet poorly understood. It is important to ask what happened, but also why it was remembered the way it was. The Boston Massacre provides an opportunity to reflect on the way memories are shaped and politicized in the wake of controversial events.

Eric Hinderaker is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Utah, where he has taught for more than 25 years and has served as Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. He received his PhD from Harvard University. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library. He is the author or co-author of four books, as well as a leading American History textbook. His most recent book, Boston’s Massacre, was a finalist for the 2018 George Washington Prize.

This event is made possible with support from the Salt Lake City Public Library and Utah Humanities.