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The Bostonian's Paying the Excise-Man, or Tarring & Feathering. London: Printed for Robt. Sayer & J. Bennett, Map & Printseller, No. 53, Fleet Street as the Act directs, 1774 Octr. 31. (Library of Congress)

This 1774 image shows colonists abusing a tax man whom they have tarred and feathered. They are forcing the tax collector to drink tea. In the background, the scene of the December 1773 Boston Tea Party appears. There are also allusions to the Stamp Act, which is posted upside down on the Liberty Tree. During the late 1760s and early 1770s, colonists protested British legislation in a variety of ways. Images like this one appeared in British publications, offering clear commentary about views of colonists in the mother country.

Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-9487. DIGITAL ID: cph 3a11950.

Document excerpt:
excise man
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