Paul Reveres engraving of The Bloody Massacre was one of many political prints that shaped colonial attitudes toward British actions in America. The Stamp Act crisis of 1765 generated a number of images that expressed opposition to the British government.
1. What are the differences between images and printed pamphlets in terms of the audience they reach and the effect they might have?
2. Can you think of a reference that everyone today would be familiar with but might be lost upon an audience fifty years from now? How do historians recover the meanings of symbols from the past?