Popular Culture And The American Revolution

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The American Revolution is the most significant event in American history, starting from 1765 with the introduction of the Stamp Act until America was officially recognized in the Treaty of Paris in 1783. This event significance is the reason why it is mentioned in numerous books, articles, movies, and various other means of media and popular culture. But what we fail to recognize is that popular culture and the media portray events in a specific way, often emitting and emphasizing on certain aspects, to sway us towards a particular view of it. I believe that the YouTube video “No More Kings” emphasizes the American colonists’ perspective of the American Revolution favorably due to the way it is depicted in the video. The video “No More …show more content…
Then he is depicted as evil and harsh when the colonists attempt to declare their independence from Britain. The troops he sends to the colonies have guns and swords forcing the innocent colonists to remain under British rule. When King George III decides to tax the property of the colonists, the video shows the troops taking large sums of money in bags forcefully from the colonists leaving them with only barrels to wear; the colonists were shown wearing barrels to emphasize the large amount of tax money they had to pay. King George is then shown with numerous bags of money behind his throne and laughing since he taxed them without representation; this is factually incorrect since the British used the taxes to pay off the debt it accumulated from the French-Indian War. The narration of the video mentions that when the colonists protested that the taxes were unfair, King George III responds by saying that he does not care. It showed that King George III added the tea tax over the other taxes, by showing the tea bag’s paper having the British flag. This is also factually incorrect since King George started with the Stamp tax, reduced it to the Townshend Duties, then to the Tea act, in which “Parliament reduced the cost of tea, but included a small tax”. These examples of King George III just show how biased this video is towards the colonists in the American

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