Join, or Die

This iconic illustration, commonly associated with the American Revolution, was originally published in The Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754 and has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was an owner and publisher of the paper.

The illustration called upon the British and colonies to unite against the French and their Indian allies during the French and Indian War. It was used again during the American Revolution to urge solidarity against Britain and republished in many newspapers.

"Join or Die," illustration attributed to Benjamin Franklin and originally published in The Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754.  The illustration represented the peril of the British colonies not uniting against the French and Indians during the French and Indian War. The illustration was used again during the American Revolution to urge colonists to unite against the British, and it was republished in many newspapers.
Citation (Chicago Style): 

Franklin, Benjamin. "Join, or Die." Illustration. In The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia), May 9, 1754. Item LC-USZC4-5315, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Collection.

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