Patriots in the American Revolution
Look inside the views of a Patriot
Music of the Patriots
The song "Yankee Doodle" was originally a song by the British to make fun of the Patriots. Once the Patriots started winning they turned it into an anthem about defeating the British. "Yankee Doodle" became the "American Patriotic Song" about successfully escaping the power of the British crown.
Artwork of the Patriots
The Patriots and what they stood for was depicted in many different types of art from the Revolutionary era.
The famous "Don't Tread On Me" flag (also known as the Gadsen flag) was important to the Revolution. It called the colonists to become Patriots and support the rebellion against the British. This chant represented the fact that the colonists had certain human rights that the British could not walk over. The flag was founded by Colonel Christopher Gadsen of South Carolina. (picture citation- http://www.ultimateflags.com/images/P/gadsden-flag-dont-tread-on.gif )
This a famous picture of Washington crossing the Delaware. The picture depicts the courage and drive to keep pushing forward despite the tough road ahead. It shows determination to be free from the British. (picture citation- http://www.natemaas.com/2010/12/washington-crossing-delaware.html)
Poetry of the Patriots
FOR LITTLE MASTERS AND MISSES
A, stands for Americans, who scorn to be slaves;
B, for Boston, where fortitude their freedom saves;
C, stands for Congress, which, though loyal, will be free;
D, stands for defence, 'gainst force and tyranny.
Stand firmly, A and Z,
We swear for ever to be free!
E, stands for evils, which a civil war must bring;
F, stands for fate, dreadful to both people and king;
G, stands for George, may God give him wisdom and
H, stands for hypocrite, who wears a double face.
J, stands for justice, which traitors in power defy,
K, stands for king, who should to such the axe apply;
L, stands for London, to its country ever true,
M, stands for Mansfield, who hath another view.
N, stands for North, who to the House the mandate brings,
O, stands for oaths, binding on subjects not on kings:
P, stands for people, who their freedom should defend,
Q, stands for quere, when will England's troubles end ?
R, stands for rebels, not at Boston but at home,
S, stands for Stuart, sent by Whigs abroad to roam,
T, stands for Tories, who may try to bring them back,
V, stands for villains, who have well deserved the rack.
W, stands for Wilkes, who us from warrants saved,
Y, for York, the New, half corrupted, half enslaved,
Z, stands for Zero, but means the Tory minions,
Who threatens us with fire and sword, to bias our opinions,
Stand firmly A and Z,
We swear, for ever to be free !
The poem above called for "Alphabet for Little Masters and Misses" was written by a Patriot for the adult colonists. This poem was a way to show that whatever happens the Patriots want freedom and will get it. (poem citation- http://www.americanrevolution.org/war%20songs/warsongs20.html )
Document of the Patriots
Thomas Paine's "Common Sense-Of Monarchy and Succession" was a prime example of Patriotism. Paine wrote this to convince the colonies to rebel against the British crown. He pointed out how the British were born equal to them and they were no different than the colonists. " (Document Citation- http://www.ushistory.org/paine/commonsense/singlehtml.htm)
Why be a Patriot instead of a Loyalist?
The main reason to be a Patriot instead of a Loyalist is freedom. The Patriots fought for freedom, inalienable rights, no more taxes, and representation. The Loyalists wanted to to keep controlling the colonies and continue to treat them unfairly. To choose the Patriots is to choose freedom!
About Patriotism- http://the-classic-liberal.com/american-patriotism/