EXTRACTS FROM THIS WEEK’S “PUNCH.”
MR. BULL TO HIS AMERICAN BULLIES.
Title:Mr Bull to His American Bullies
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:October 10th 1863
This anonymous Punch poem figures the warring sides in the American Civil War as two people brawling outside a shop, which represents Britain (perhaps a reference to Napoleon’s characterisation of England as a ‘nation of shopkeepers’). This is quite typical of Punch’s often high-handed, patronising attitude to America, and there is an implicit threat with the shopkeeper gesturing towards the ‘stick’ he possesses if the brawl continues to ruin his business. The speaker pragmatically states that he wishes to trade with both sides. – SR