Directions: Have students fill out the graphic organizer and answer the analysis questions while looking at the three political cartoons.
Handout B: “Bostonians in Distress”(1774)
|What do I see? How does the cartoon relate to the Boston Tea Party and the British response to it?
|Is the illustrator supportive of the Boston Tea Party and colonial opposition to British tax policy? Or is he sympathetic to the British?
|“Bostonians in Distress” (1774)
|“The Bostonians Paying the Excise Man” (1774)
- Based off your understanding of the leadup to the Boston Tea Party, do you believe the colonists were justified in throwing the tea into the harbor? Explain your answer.
- Do you believe the British were justified in the measures they took after the Boston Tea Party? Explain your answer.
- The colonists who took part in the Boston Tea Party were careful to avoid destroying any private property outside of the tea—some stories say they even replaced a padlock that needed to be broken. Why do you think they did this? How does this demonstrate the virtues of moderation and respect?