SKU: 10.045

Join, or Die T-Shirt - Gold on Black

$ 19.99

SKU: 10.045

Join, or Die T-Shirt - Gold on Black

$ 19.99

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Join, or Die T-Shirt - Gold on Black

Wear the original symbol of American unity and American Defiance.

"Join, or Die" is a well-known political cartoon, created by Benjamin Franklin and first published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. The cartoon appeared along with Franklin's editorial about the "disunited state" of the colonies, and helped make his point about the importance of colonial unity. The original publication by the Gazette is the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America. It is a woodcut showing a snake cut into eighths, with each segment labeled with the initials of one of the thirteen American colonies or region. New England was represented as one segment, rather than the four colonies it was at that time. In addition, Delaware (then a part of Pennsylvania) and Georgia were omitted completely. Thus, it has 8 segments of snake rather than the traditional 13 colonies. During that era, there was a superstition that a snake which had been cut into pieces would come back to life if the pieces were put together before sunset. It became a symbol of colonial freedom during the American Revolutionary War.

100% softspun cotton