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Last updated: May 21, 2019

This propaganda of the Sugar Act, in which was a act of lowering the tax on molasses due to the colonist smuggling the goods, represents the British point of view. There’s different vital phrases, words, and ideas of drawing to express and explain how the British point of view was for this propaganda. Firstly, the title of the propaganda is “Thank You Colonists For The Molasses” in which basically has a meaning of trying to express that the colonists who have the poor decision of trying to smuggle goods such as molasses, the British officers can just obtain whatever goods it might be from them. The phrases on each side of the propaganda represents the British rights after the Sugar Act was passed by the Parliament. The illustration on the bottom section of the propaganda represents how the British earned money from the colonists paying their taxes for goods such as molasses. The very center of the page is the jar of molasses, with a year of 1764, which means that was the year that the Sugar Act was passed by the Parliament.

Also the hands reaching for the molasses is a British officer grabbing ahold of the molasses. The descriptive words that surround all have a meaning about the Sugar Act in a certain way, with each arrow pointing to something else that is related with the molasses jar. Such as delicious and yum are both adjectives that describe how the molasses tasted, after the colonist not paying for the jar of molasses and having it gave up to the hands of the British officer. The phrase of “Lowering Tax” basically explains and shows that the tax of molasses went from six pence per gallon to three pence per gallon, with pence meaning the economic system they used as money.The phrase of “Pay your TAXES!” is a warning and bold statement to the colonists that if you pay your taxes to the British like you should, the colonists will most likely not have their goods took away from the British officers who have it for themselves without even having to take the issue to court.

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All the illustrations of the economic sign for money represents that the British obtain the money from the colonists who actually pay the tax, and not the colonists who even has the Sugar Act where they lowered the tax for the colonists, and still have the poor decision of smuggling the goods. Lastly, the British officer whom is going to the house of a colonists shows the actions that the officer would do if you don’t pay your taxes. And that’s going into the house of the colonist and claiming whatever the officer thinks or knows is smuggled.


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