Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“Join or Die”

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin's famous “Join or Die” political cartoon drawing wasn't about the Revolutionary War?

It first appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754. 
It was Franklin's hope that his image of a snake comprised of separate segments would foster a sense of colonial unity during the French and Indian War. 

It wasn't until a decade later that the colonies recycled the illustration as tensions increased with Great Britain in the lead up to the Revolutionary War.


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