Paul Revere, an energetic supporter of the patriot cause, made this engraving of the Boston Massacre soon after the events. A native of Boston, Revere probably had a very clear knowledge of the events he depicted here. But compare the actions of the soldiers in this engraving with the also biased, but more complex account published by the Boston Gazette. What impression did Revere's engraving probably give most of its viewers about the intensions of the British soldiers? What impression did it give of the victims of the massacre? How did Revere think his engraving might help the cause of freedom and liberty? Was truth the first casualty of America's war for independence?
This British cartoon was a satire of American women from Edenton, North Carolina who were pledging to boycott English tea in response to the 1774 resolution of the Continental Congress to boycott English goods. Meetings of patriotic women were common throughout the colonies and played a significant role in the mobilization of public sentiment in favor of independence. At some of these meetings, the women turned their normal economic activities like spinning and weaving homespun cloth into powerful symbolic "spinning bees" to show their support of boycotts of imported British goods. As you examine this cartoon, consider how the artist intended to make fun of female patriots. What details would have been humorous to a British audience unsympathetic to the colonial cause?
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