Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||British political cartoonists|
|Context||For several years, from the 1760s into the 1770s, Great Britain tried to establish that it had the right to tax the colonies.|
|Audience||Great Britain's public|
|Purpose||To illustrate political debates|
In the days before radio or television, political leaders and opinion-makers used drawings to shape public perception of events.
Each of these drawings was first published in England in 1774 and addressed the question of British taxes in North America. The first depicted how Boston patriots treated British officials who tried to enforce these taxes. The second, a more sympathetic view, illustrated the British forcing America or Liberty (shown as a woman) to swallow tea, "the Bitter Draught." The female figure in the background is Brittania, who often symbolized Great Britain. The American patriot and engraver Paul Revere liked this image and reproduced it in Massachusetts.