Essay about Lessons Of The American Revolution

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Lessons in Revolution

Looking backward, it 's easy to assume that an American Revolution against British rule was an inevitable event. After all, our nation was based on the founding principles of liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. However, many American colonists did not believe that it was a good decision to break from British rule. In school, we study the events, both courageous and tragic, that led up to the Declaration of Independence. But it 's also of vital importance to look at the beliefs of those who disagreed with the founding fathers.

In this lesson, we will explore early American propaganda aimed at convincing British sympathizers to side with the revolutionary cause. We will look at paintings and posters by Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere and discover symbols meant to unite the American colonists behind the cause of independence.

Benjamin Franklin, Propagandist

Before he signed the Declaration of Independence, invented bifocal glasses, and founded the first public library in America, Benjamin Franklin was a political activist. He lent his sharp tongue and satirical style to a 1754 illustration that had a lasting impact on America. The cartoon depicts a rattlesnake symbolizing the unity of the colonies. It serves as one of the first and earliest examples of American Revolution propaganda: words and images designed to convince and rally for a social or political cause. The picture was produced as a woodcut and published along with Franklin 's…

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