The Looking Glass for 1787

Creator: Amos Doolittle

Context: This excerpt from a larger political drawing illustrates the position of Connecticut politicians who were opposed to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Audience: The Connecticut voting public.

Purpose: To criticize the opponents of the Constitution. The artist has drawn these men making comments such as "Curse Independence" and "Success to Shays," a suggestion that those who opposed the Constitution had sympathized with those men who had rebelled against government taxation earlier that year in Massachusetts.

Historical Significance: This drawing exemplifies the intensity of the debates over the Constitution that occurred in most states during 1787.