Benjamin Franklin became one of the most influential voices of the English colonies before the American Revolution. Through his printing of “Poor Richard’s Almanac” he was able to not only inform common Americans about farming knowledge, seasonal weather forecasts, puzzles, and common-sense wisdom, but it also gave Franklin the credibility to become an out-spoken critic of the English king and the laws enacted by the English Parliament.
In the Colonies at the time leading up to the Revolution, one of the major means of speaking out and rallying support from the common people was through the use of political cartoons. Political cartoons are pictures used for the purpose of getting a point across about an issue. It could be used in a positive way to try to tell people how great a man (like George Washington) was or to criticize the government. Political cartoons are still used today, every day in local newspapers.
One of Benjamin Franklin’s most famous politcal cartoons was published in the newspaper “Philadelphia Gazette” in 1754 (12 years before the Declaration of Independence). Take a good look at the cartoon and try to recognize the details and find the meaning of it.
ANSWER: What was the meaning of “Join or Die”? What evidence do you have (refer to the flag, info you already know, or what you learn in class). Answer should be at least 2-3 sentences..