Tuesday, July 15, 2008

More satire from the American Revolutionary era

A British political cartoon from the American Revolutionary period, with some explication provided below. [source]


Print shows Lord Bute aiming a blunderbuss at a man representing colonial America; a member of Parliament, pointing at the American, tells Bute "I give you that man's money for my use", to which the American responds by saying, "I will not be robbed". On the right, blindfolded, Britannia is about to stumble into "The pit prepared for others" while behind her, in the background, "The English Protestant town of Boston" is in flames. On the left kneels a monk holding a gibbet and a cross, behind him stands a Frenchman with sword raised; perched on a cliff and forming the backdrop to Bute, the monk, and the Frenchman, is the city of Quebec.

Published: April 1. 1775


Anonymous kavala007 said...

Once again Heidi, thank you. This American Revolution history buff has learned, through your writings, of another great early American thinker. I will have to find out more about him.

The wonderful thing, however, about all satire in the 1700s or now, is its search for the truth. When there is truth, innuendos disappear.

Thank goodness for satire. Maintaining our moral compass and fighting for our democratic principles while using our brains and wits is what we Americans must do.

July 15, 2008 at 11:06 PM  

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