Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution

Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution

by Stan Mack
     
 

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Presenting the American Revolution in a fun, easy-to-understand fashion, Stan Mack’s illustrated rendition makes history entertaining while providing lucid insight into the revolution’s real-life participants, as well as its successes and failures. This graphic account of the birth of the United States stars a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious

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Presenting the American Revolution in a fun, easy-to-understand fashion, Stan Mack’s illustrated rendition makes history entertaining while providing lucid insight into the revolution’s real-life participants, as well as its successes and failures. This graphic account of the birth of the United States stars a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, and loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, providing information about the Boston Tea Party and the revolt against the status quo. Uncannily relevant to today’s world, this whimsical and informative pictorial history tells the story of the original peoples’ insurgence.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This re-issue of cartoonist and social chronicler Mack's thoroughly researched 1994 history of the American Revolution offers a spectacular, unvarnished account that runs counter to the mythology-as-history often taught in American schools. Mack's re-telling avoids speechifying and presents realistic motivations for the rebels. It also manages to depict the towering figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other founding fathers as mere men, some of whom were not necessarily as commanding or even competent as legend would have it. For those raised on the hyperbolic children's book versions of the people and events surrounding our nation's independence, this is a strongly recommended work whose "cartoony" art style works well with a narrative that openly addresses the roles played by women, slaves, and Native Americans in the twenty-eight year struggle and its aftermath. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more like us."  —New York Times

"Delightfully illustrated in his distinctive minimalist cartoon style, Mack's first original book-length effort puts the 'real life' back into our revolutionary roots, providing capsule portraits of the prominent activists of the time, along with their many idiosyncrasies, comic flaws, and strategic bungling."  —Publishers Weekly

"Mack the populist does not write dispassionately."  —Harvey Pekar

"A people's-eye view of history, an attempt to get beyond and behind the idealized accounts of the deeds of kings, generals, and heroes."  —Houston Chronicle

"Mack's loose cartoony art captures its loudly contentious cast without either mythologizing or condescending to them. Recommended reading for those of us who only hazily remember our public school history classes." —Seattle Post Intelligencer

"This humanized account of the dawn of the American project is a beautiful piece of work, and a strong tonic against the whitewash of history. There's bravery in this history, and sacrifice, and cunning and resolve. But with the founders' failings and flaws on display, we can see that America's problems have been there since the start." —www.BoingBoing.net

"Mack's history of the American Revolution strikes just the right balance. It's packed with names, dates, places, and ideas, but they only come up when they're needed, as though Mack is giving an enthusiastic, on-the-fly lecture rather than laying out information to be memorized." —Teacher Librarian (December 2012)

"Accessible, thought-provoking, and highly discussable, this version of how the United States became independent of the British Crown may well inspire readers to see the relevant aspects of studying history as well as reading nonfiction comics." —School Library Journal (November 2012)

Library Journal
Meet the original Tea Party and "Occupiers" of our nation's founding: not idealistic heroes united against the British but an uneasy and untidy hodgepodge of self-righteous intellectuals and aristocrats, money-hungry merchants and entrepreneurs, disgruntled soldiers, and just plain hungry working people. The British weren't very good at either fighting or diplomacy much of the time, and the American troops were often worse. Mack reminds today's voters that success in the 1770s came not through harmony—nobody agreed about anything—but through persistence, passion, creative thinking, and compromise. As proof, the resulting Constitution has lasted more than 200 years and been able to modernize, addressing gender and racial equality, for example. Mack's endearingly irreverent and well-researched black-and-white account has been updated from his 1994 Real Life American Revolution and especially shines in coverage of issues relating to African Americans, Native Americans, and women. VERDICT While excellent for classroom-centered tweens and teens (who reportedly loved the 1994 version), these revolting rebels should star in all adult collections, too, in displays, and as readers' advisory fodder through November.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561637225
Publisher:
N B M Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,020,517
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21 MB
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Taxes the Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels

A History in Comics of the American Revolution


By Stan Mack

NBM Publishing

Copyright © 2012 Stan Mack
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-56163-722-5



CHAPTER 1

1761 - 1775

MONARCHY & MOBS


IT'S THE EARLY 1760s AND BRITAIN HAS FINALLY DEFEATED THE FRENCH AND KICKED THEM OUT OF THE NEW WORLD. THE BRITISH TROOPS HEAD FOR HOME.

SO LONG, THANK THE KING FOR US.

HAVE A NICE TRIP BACK.

HERE IN AMERICA, ENGLAND'S COLONIES ARE BUSILY RIDING A POPULATION EXPLOSION AND BUSINESS BOOM.

HOORAY, THEY'RE FINALLY GONE!

THOUGHT THEY'D NEVER LEAVE!

COLONIAL MERCHANTS AND SHIPBUILDERS ARE RAKING IN BIG PROFITS ...

SHOULD WE GIVE OUR WORKERS A RAISE?

NA! THAT'LL SPOIL THEM.

... AND EVERYONE IS BUSY SMUGGLING TO AVOID TRADE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY GREAT BRITAIN.

ENGLAND IS HAVING FITS. SHE HAS A HUGE WAR DEBT, SHE CAN'T SQUEEZE ANY MORE TAXES OUT OF THER OWN PEOPLE. AND SHE'S WATCHING SMUGGLERS MAKE A MOCKERY OF HER ATTEMPTS TO REGULATE TRADE THROUGHOUT HER EMPIRE.

THE WHOLE POINT OF HAVING COLONIES IS TO EXPLOIT THEM!

THE COLONIES BLATANTLY IGNORE BRITISH TRADE DUTIES AND SMUGGLE FRENCH SUGAR FOR THEIR LUCRATIVE RUM BUSINESS, PART OF THE INFAMOUS TRIANGULAR TRADE.

HOW THE TRIANGULAR TRADE WORKS

COLONIAL SHIPPERS CARRY SUGAR AND MOLASSES FROM THE WEST INDIES TO NEW ENGLAND WHERE THEY'RE CONVERTED TO RUM. THE RUM IS SHIPPED TO AFRICA ...

... WHERE AFRICANS, ARABS, AND EUROPEANS HAVE LONG BEEN IN THE SLAVE BUSINESS. THE RUM IS TRADED FOR AFRICANS WHO HAVE BEEN DRAGGED FROM THEIR VILLAGES AND JAMMED ON SHIPS.

THE SHIPS SAIL TO THE WEST INDIES, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE COLONIES. THEY SELL THEIR HUMAN CARGO, LOAD UP ON SUGAR, AND START AGAIN.

FRUSTRATED, ENGLAND TURNS TO WRITS OF ASSISTANCE, GENERAL SEARCH WARRANTS THAT ALLOW HER TO BOARD SHIPS SUSPECTED OF SMUGGLING. AND SO:

IN THE PORT CITY OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS:

OPEN THOSE BARRELS!

GET OFF THIS BOAT! GO TO RHODE ISLAND - LOTS OF SMUGGLERS THERE!

THIS IS ILLEGAL! WE'RE CALLING A LAWYER!

COLONISTS, LIVING UNDER THE BRITISH MONARCHY, HAD MORE LEGAL RIGHTS THAN MOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. IF NOT FOR THESE FREEDOMS, THEY MIGHT NEVER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REBEL AT ALL.

IN 1761, A TRIAL IS HELD BEFORE THE MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME COURT. THE LAWYER FOR THE MERCHANTS IS BRILLIANT, ERRATIC, MAGNETIC JAMES OTIS. (JAMES ALSO HATES THE BOSTON ELITE BECAUSE THEY SLIGHTED HIS LAWYER FATHER.)

THE LAWYER FOR THE CROWN SAYS THE EXPECTED:

THE WRITS ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE ...

... COLLECTING TAXES IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYONE'S RIGHTS.

THEN OTIS MAKES HIS REBUTTAL. HE USES IDEAS LIFTED FROM THE PHILOSOPHICAL THEORIES OF THE DAY!

A QUICK LOOK AT SOME OF THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND IDEAS THAT INFLUENCED THE COLONISTS.

NEW ENGLAND PURITANISM

MAN HAS A DUTY TO HIS GOD TO WORK HARD, BE THRIFTY, AND BE UNFOMFORTABLE WITH LUXURY.

MAN WHO TOILS HONESTLY AND PRAISES GOD WILL PROSPER AND FIND SALVATION.

GOD SAYS IF I WORK HARD. I'LL PROSPER. BUT IF I PROSPER, I'LL GET RICH. AND RICHES ARE DECADENT.

THE ENLIGHTENMENT

JOHN LOCKE 1632-1704 ENGLISH INTELLECTUAL

SOCIETY IS AN AGREEMENT AMONG MEN AIMED AT PROTECTING SELF- INTEREST AND INDIVIDUAL AFREEDOMS.

REBELLION IS PROPER TO PROTECT LIBERTY AND PROPERTY. (THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THE ARISTOCRACY. THE LOWE CLASSES SHOULD BE TRAINED AS SERVANTS.)

JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU 1712-1778 FRENCH PHILOSOPHER

GO TO NATURE AND THERE WORSHIP THE NOBLE SAVAGE.

ALL MEN IN NATURE ARE EQUAL. IT IS CIVILIZATION THAT BRINGS GOOD AND EVIL.

SIR ISSAC NEWTON 1642-1727 ENGLISH SCIENTIST

OUR WORLD IS A WATCH AND GOD IS THE WATCHMAKER.

THE UNIVERSE IS GUIDED BY SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES, AND IIT IS MAN'S DUTY TO LEARN ITS SECRETS. FOR EXAMPLE, WHY DOES AN APPLE FALL?

GRAVITY WAS A HARD IDEA TO GRASP IN THOSE DAYS.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Stan Mack is a writer and artist who pioneered a documentary style of comics with his notorious strip Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, which ran in the Village Voice. He also created Stan Mack’s Out-takes, which appeared in Adweek and covered the New York media scene. He is the author of Fight for Freedom, Hard Time, Janet&Me, The Road to Revolution, and The Story of the Jews: A 4,000-Year Adventure. He is a former art director for the New York Times Sunday Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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