Benjamin Franklin’s political snake

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Benjamin Franklin’s political snake

The “Join or Die” sketch was a famous political cartoon made by Benjamin Franklin (and was in fact the first political cartoon published for American newspapers). Inside of the cartoon are the then British colonies represented as parts of a snake, which are drawn in such a way that the cartoon can be taken as a generalized map. It was a means for Benjamin to express his opinion of the colonies being fragmented and to try to bring them together as a united from against the French expansion.
Standards Addressed

Social Studies:

The War for Independence (1760-1789)

4.21 Describe the various contributions made by Benjamin Franklin to the development of a unique American society, including his scientific experiments and inventions, the development of the Albany Plan and the Join or Die political cartoon. (C, H, P)

English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1d Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

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