Revolutionary Works

It all began when the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act.  The American colonist were outraged by the “taxation without representation” as Parliament continued to put taxes on goods imported into the Americas to help England out of a financial burden.  In response the colonists decided to boycott taxed items. It began the Homespun movement, where Americans made their own clothing.  The colonists soon began to object to any luxurious things, including theater.  As they began to think of themselves as separate from England they needed an emblem to help unify the very separate and different states.  At first it was the snake, which was used by Paul Revere in The Massachusetts Spy, and on the Gadsden Flag, and was previously used in Italy to represent democracy and in French a cut snake with the logo “Join or die”.  Eventually the American Eagle was chosen because it had a connection to the European eagle used by the Romans but was still independent.  This emblem along with Revolutionary figures were used in portraits, embroidery, and quilts to honor the Revolution.  The importance of textiles in the Revolutionary events allowed women to have a more political role, as these items were distinctly American.