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Britain & the American Revolution:The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught

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    • American Revolution Cartoon 1774

      The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught

One of three contemporary caricatures (cartoons) shown here offering satirical insights into the American conflict.

In this print America is shown as a female character under attack on all sides by leading British politicians, amongst them the current Prime Minister, Lord North. The context of the print was North's introduction of the 'Intolerable Acts' which were widely opposed in America - and a copy of the Boston Port Bill can be seen in his pocket. North is also pouring the 'bitter draught' down America's throat - that draught being of course Tea!

That such a print could be produced in England, and later reproduced in America, illustrates contemporary English opposition to North's approach too, especially by the Whigs - a point further illustrated here by Britannia who is shown crying and turning her head away in the background of the print.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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