Join, or Die!

Join, or Die!

In a number of posts, I wrote about Benjamin Franklin, his foresight and his influence. This post will place him in his own category (Tag), Benjamin Franklin.

Most of the Founding Fathers of the United States were remarkable men, but Benjamin Franklin really stands out as the most distinguished. He is one of the most notable polymaths in history; an author and a printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. And unlike George Washington or Thomas Jefferson whose stances on slavery and other social issues were later questioned by historians, Franklin was also a man of great virtue.

"Join, or Die" that you see on the flag in the photo, is, actually a political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin and first published in his Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754. It was published with an editorial about the "disunited state" of the British Colonies in America. Later, the cartoon became a symbol of colonial freedom during the Revolutionary War. Although Benjamin Franklin's influence on the American way of life is still felt everywhere today, his vitality is most felt throughout the Streets of Philadelphia.
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