This political cartoon, created by Benjamin Wilson in 1766, was drawn to illustrate America's displeasure with the Stamp Act of 1765. The cartoon depicts a funeral procession, in which members of Parliament are "burying" the stamp tax after its repeal by Parliament in 1766. Leading the procession and preparing to deliver the funeral eulogy is the Reverend W. Scott, who is followed by mourners: Prime Minister George Grenville (carrying the coffin) and members of Parliament who were responsible for passage of the act. Winding up the processional are two members of the clergy. The scene is a British dock, loaded with goods that were destined for America but which are instead sitting idle as a result of the colonial boycott. The three ships in the harbor are the "Conway," the "Grafton," and the "Rockingham," all of which represent members of Parliament responsible for the repeal of the Stamp Act.
This political cartoon is a supplement to my PowerPoint presentation entitled, "The Road to Independence," and comes free with that purchase!
The Repeal, or the Funeral of Miss-Ame Stamp
by Brian Hook
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