School boys in classrooms
Hard working sheep and bears
A girl or a nutcracker in the nursery
A hare, a turkey, and a tortoise in the kitchen
Committing sedition instead of being nutrition,
THEY CAN ALL TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN!
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s showstopping number, “Yorktown: The World Turned Upside Down,” uses examples that resonate deeply with a contemporary audience instead of the symbols of subversion from below that circulated in popular prints (and even earlier in the margins of medieval manuscripts). Just a few of the traditional role reversals are featured above, so here are two “World Turned Upside Down” prints to show more of them.