During the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere were among the people who created stunning pieces of art that inspired the fight for America’s independence.
These intricate pieces of propaganda were printed in papers and pamphlets, and delivered throughout the colonies. These images were a patriotic call to arms and the sentiments conveyed in them inspired other wartime art generations later.
This post is originally by Laura Stampler
Benjamin Franklin drew this now-famous cartoon of a disjointed snake in 1754 -- telling fragmented colonies that if they didn't join the fight, they would perish.
This copper engraving by Paul Revere is a sensationalised depiction of the 'Boston Massacre' from 1770, and rallied anti-British sentiment among the revolutionaries five years before the start of the war.
Propaganda came from the British as well. This 1774 print by Philip Dawe depicted the tarring-and-feathering of Boston Commissioner of Customs John Malcom by the revolutionaries.
This print, called 'The Bostonians in Distress,' appeared in a London newspaper in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party
The images used to rally support during the Revolutionary War inspired wartime propaganda for generations to come.
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