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Webisode 1: 1765-1776 Page: 1 | 2

The Bostonians in Distress
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"The Bostonians in Distress"
In this English satire, inspired by the Port Bill, Bostonians have been imprisoned on their own Liberty Tree.



The Tea Tax
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The Tea Tax
In this British cartoon, sympathethic to the American cause, Prime Minister Lord North pours tea down the throat of America (portrayed as a woman).


The Boston Tea Party
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The Boston Tea Party
Pictured is one of the Sons of Liberty who joined Sam Adams to destroy British tea in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773. At the time of this incident tea ranked fourth among all British exports to America.


Boston Harbor
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Boston Harbor
Here is what Boston Harbor looked like in the 1770s. In response to the colonists' destruction of tea, the British closed down the port, and instituted military rule.


Join or Die
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"Join or Die"
Actually, ever since the days of Benjamin Franklin's 1754 cartoon (pictured), the colonists had known that their freedom depended upon working together.


St. John's Church
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St. John's Church
This is the Church in Richmond, Virginia where Patrick Henry gave his great speech on March 23, 1775. It was being used as a meeting place by the House of Burgesses after they had officially been closed down by the colonial governor.


Patrick Henry's speech
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Patrick Henry's speech
In March, 1775, in an extra-legal meeting of the Virginia Assembly, Patrick Henry gave his most famous and influential speech, shocking the House of Burgesses into action. "Give me liberty, or give me death!" he thundered.


Paul Revere's Ride
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Paul Revere's Ride
Mounted on Brown Beauty, one of the swiftest horses in Massachusetts, Paul Revere warns his fellow patriots of the arrival of the British regulars.


The colonists fight back
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The colonists fight back
Compared to the orderly British ranks, the colonists seemed a scrappy and unprepared lot. But after losing at the battle of Lexington (pictured), the colonists held their ownÑand moreÑat Concord Bridge.



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