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Chapter 4

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The Risks of Rebellion

To the south, rumblings of grassroots rebellions were catching fire. To the north, various public disturbances and protests were spurring talk of outright revolution. In 1770 the Boston Massacre, including the participation of a violent apothecary named Richard Palmes, served as a tipping point for the unrest and open hostility between the colonists and the British military.