Week 3 - Great Britain and the Colonies

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Week 3 – Paying the Exciseman While reviewing the cartoon “Paying the Exciseman,” attempts to portray an American colonial act of protest, in rebelliousness of many taxes forced by Great Britain. The image portrays the five patriots whose resistance group went by the name “Sons of Liberty” assembled underneath the Liberty tree. The noose hangs from the limb of the Liberty tree in the background. In this cartoon, the group was made up of unruly vigilantes, and they are about to ritually make suffer and disgrace their victim, a loyalist called taxman. To make a point, it looks as if they are pouring hot tea into his mouth. The harsh punishment was supposedly given the taxman what he deserves. The taxman’s punishment was to bring justice to the colonial citizens that believed they were treated unfairly and their rights trampled by British taxation.
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Unformatted text preview: The ships and the tree in the background signify the colonist’s liberty. They are dumping tea off the ships to make their statement. This represented the Boston Tea Party; the colonists threw tea off the ships to contest the tea tax. The tea tax was one of several taxes imposed by the British to help raise money to cover the expenses from the Seven Year’s War. Reference Davidson, J., Gienapp, W., Heyrman, C., Lytle, M., & Stoff, M., (2006). Nation of nations: A concise narrative of the American Republic (4 th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill. Nations of nations: A concise narrative of the American Republic Online Learning Center. http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072970871/student_view0/chapter5/psi_science_paying_the_exciseman./ html...
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