JOIN-OR-DIE… what do you mean Ben Franklin?

Posted: October 12, 2010 in US History class

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.

 

Benjamin Franklin used the pseudonym "Richard Saunders" to publish "Poor Richard's Almanac"

Poor Richard’s Almanac was a trusted source of information in Colonial America.

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.

Join or Die was a cartoon published by Benjamin Franklin

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..

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  1. Tyler Vu P6 says:

    I think this cartoon meant that if you don’t move into the 13 colonies you will be tortured or hurt by the citizens of England. Or it could also mean that you should move into the colonies that way you have more rights and freedom rather than unfairness and harassment.

  2. Michael Tran P3 Honors says:

    I wikipediaed this and found out that it stands for the unity of the colonies. New england was put into one segment of the snake instead of four others. They believed that if you cut up a snake into pieces, it could come back to life if it was put together before sunset.

    • Andrew Nguyen Per.4 says:

      I wikipedia this and found out that it stands for the unity of the colonies. I think the the snake split apart meaning that each thirteen colony is independent, but they are all one body at the same time. The picture shows a snake. If joined the snake is alive. if separated the snake is dead. That is what I think “Join or Die” meant.

  3. Michael Tran P3 Honors says:

    It also meant freedom and democracy :D . o.O

  4. Berlin Mai Period Teeeew 2 :) says:

    I think the meaning of “Join or Die” is to show the freedom colonies have in America against England and it’s cruel ways. It shows freedom, strength, and unity for all colonies. The snake thing is cut up because it shows the colonies that there were at the time it was drawn up so like New England is a colony. …Yeeap :) That;s what I think it means.

  5. Julie Contreras Period 5 says:

    I think that the “join,or die”flag means that every one should be united not seperate. The was used during the revolutionary war so that the colonies could come together to beat England.

  6. clare chappell says:

    it means that if you joinn the colonies than you will get religious freedom and not get tortured or excluded. it could also mean that if you dont join then you will not have as good of a life than if you did join.

  7. Sarah Thissen period 2 says:

    My opinion is that it means if you don’t go into the thirteen colonies you would get killed, or be a prisoner for the rest of your life. However, if you went into the colonies, you might be able to have freedom. The letters on the flag, each could stand for something you could get from the colonies. It could also mean freedom and democracy.

  8. Join,or die is like a colonies that is like to my opinion that you have to join or else no matter what you will died.However it’s known as political cartoon, and if you join you might get freedoms that why i think they want people to joins.It’s a flag that have a picture of a snake in parts.The cartoon became a symbol of freedom and democracy during the War.

  9. nicolas castillo p.4 says:

    I think it mean that, if you join the thriteen coloies you will have to help them to fight the emeny. If you dont you will die by the emeny or kept as slaves for the rest of your life until you die or worst.

  10. Guadalupe Cortez P.4 says:

    I think join or die means go to the 13 colonies. If you dont you will die in other colonies. I think this cartoon shows that is of the dead snake.

  11. Kevin Tran P.3 says:

    I think that join or die means that the 13 colonies must join together and stand up against English rulers because if they don’t join together, they will surely die. The cartoon shows that the dead snake is dead because it represents a divided country. United, the country, or snake, will survive.

  12. David Flores per.5 says:

    Let me tell you what I think about the cartoon. I think that if you don’t join together they will just coastally have wars. People will die so he wanted to prove a point and the snake symbolize death or deadly.

  13. Monica Ha period 5 says:

    I think “JOIN, or DIE” means the colonies must work together as one community to support each other and move forward in society. It’s similar to how all of a snake’s must stay and work together to live and move forward, literally.

  14. Raw Nay Htoo p4 says:

    Join, or Die is a well-known political cartoon, created by Benjamin Franklin and first published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754.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.

  15. Peter Nguyen Per. 4 says:

    I think that “Join and Die” statement mean that if the 13 colonies does not join up that would die by being separated like the snake. The snake represents the 13 colonies being separated which caused the snake to be dead. If the snake was not divided, then it would have been alive like the colonies.

  16. I think “Join or Die” is a phrase meaning to show the states that supports the issue involving the English revolution. Each part of the snakes represents a state that take part in the revolution on the patriots side. Snakes need their body parts to move perfectly. All of these states together shows how their cooperation is supporting the group. With out these states, the political idea that this cartoon is showing won’t have great influence.

  17. Jimmy Vu P.6 says:

    To me I think that the cartoon means that if you don’t join you will die in your homeland. I also think that it means there is freedom but it is separated, so it means there is freedom but no peace.

  18. Dat Tran p2 says:

    I think the chopped up snake represent the orders in which the colonies came in. It can also mean who is the leader or who is the most profitable colony. Considering New England colony was the head of the snake i think is the first and foremost the best colony

  19. Cindy Wong P.3 says:

    As you can see in the cartoon, the snake is cut up into pieces, each individual little piece has initials on top of it. I believe the initials stand for colonies, eight of the thirteen original colonies. The cut-up snake means that if the colonies don’t “pull themselves together” and work as one, then there will be some consequences. The colonies rely on each other, because of each colony’s individual weather patterns, geography, reasons for settling, and opportunities for a better life.

  20. angie rayo says:

    I think that the “Join- or -Die” cartoon means that the 8 segaments are represented with initials of the British colonies or region. New England was represented with one colony instead of 4. It has 8 segments instead of the 13. The cartoon came up when Franklin’s editorial about the “disunited state” of the colonies. During the era there was a snake cut into 8 pieces and some people believed that when the colonies came back together the snake will too.

  21. Yun Kang Per. 3 says:

    I think Join or die means that if something or someone, such as the snake, was not joined together, then it would die. The picture of the chopped up snake shows that if colonies are not together as one or not cooperating, then it would die. My thought tells me Benjamin Franklin wanted the colonies to be united into one.

  22. Zach Maciel Period 4 says:

    i think Join or die means, join the army or die. If you move to the 13 colonies you will have freedom and rights. If you don’t join the army you will die!

  23. Sharon Nguyen Period 4 says:

    Join or Die is a well know political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin.I think that in order to avoid death you must move to the 13 colonies,my evidence comes from the colonies initials printed on the flag and the snake looks dead.

  24. nestor nino period 5 says:

    The meaning of Join or Die is that each section of the snake symbolizes the British colonies. Since it is separated Benjamin Franklin is saying that the colonies have to join together otherwise they will not be able to survive.

  25. Quang Do per. 5 says:

    The meaning of “Join or Die” means that if you don’t join together to be a team, then you will not have a good chance of surviving. There were also superstitions about the snake. If the snake is put back into pieces before sunset, then it will live again. Like the snakes, if the colonies were fighting alone, then they wouldn’t have won against Great Britain. Benjamin Franklin’s point was that if the colonies don’t come together right now, then it might be too late for them to win.

  26. Samson Pham Period 5 says:

    i think “join, or die” means that you have to join and work, if you do join and work you will get some opportunities. And if you don’t join you can suffer. i think the picture ” join or die represents, join and work as a team, or get left behind and prepare to suffer.

  27. Vincent Vu per.3 says:

    I think the parts of the snake represent the colonies. It shows that the colonies are each part of something bigger. Like the snake’s parts, it must unite to live. If they don’t unite, it will each die on its own.

  28. Kathleen Le Per.4 says:

    From my point of view, the meaning of “join or die” means that either you unite together to fight off the enemies or you have to fight again the enemy alone, and die alone. My evidence comes from the way the snake is chopped off into pieces and there are initials of the 13 colonies.

  29. Kevin Tran per. 4 says:

    I think it mean that all the 13 colonies must work together to fight. If we don’t join together and help each other, then they will die like the chopped snake.

    • Kenny Le per. 5 says:

      I think that “Join or die” means, that if you don’t work together as a colony then you will conquered by Great Britain. The snake represents the colonies that are going have to unite to beat great B.

  30. Patrick Tran P.5 says:

    I’m just thinking on the top of my head but i think the flag meant for the states to join together or die from the British. Other than that I think because the snake parts were separate the whole animal wont work together, I’m just thinking on the top of my head.

  31. Scarlett Peters p.2 says:

    I think the flag represents how the colonies are separated but are still part of a bigger picture. Join or die stands for we need more men to win our freedom if we loose we might as well die. Thats just what i think i am not to entirely sure.

  32. Viet Nguyen P4 says:

    I think the join or die is a cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin It is suppose to represent the 13 colonies. It is a woodcut showing a snake severed into eighths, with each segment labeled with the initials of a British American colony or region. New England was represented as one segment, rather than the four colonies it was at that time.

  33. Ashley Vasquez period 5 says:

    i think join or die means: join the fight or don’t. i feel it means join colonist or die.

  34. I think join or die was meant to possibly bring the colonies together instead of being separated like the picture of the snake. I am guessing it might also represent freedom in the colonies. Pretty much I think it represents freedom of the colonies and how they should be united as one.

  35. Tiffany Nguyen Period 3 says:

    I think that “join or die” means that if they don’t join into colonies, they will possibly be killed or suffer. Also, if they join into colonies, they have the possibility to have religious freedom. To me, this picture means that if they joined together as one group, then they can form united colonies and bring them closer to each other. However if they don’t join, then the colonies will never get freedom.

  36. Brian Nguyen P.3 says:

    ben franklin means that the 13 colinies need to join together to defeat a common enemie, the british. If the colinies stay divied(The chopped up snake)they will all die.If they decide to join together(Not cut up snake), they will rebel the british and will survive the england control.

  37. Alan Nguyen P.3 says:

    Upon some research, the myth back then was if you cut a snake and put the pieces back then it would come back to life. I think what Ben Franklin is saying is that each colony would die because they weren’t big enough on there own. However if they united then they would be strong enough to win.

  38. Christy Ly Period 5 says:

    I think Join or Die means, that all 13 colonies should join together to fight back or they will not survive! The snake is all cut up in pieces, because it represents how the 13 colonies are divided! The chopped up snake also represents that if the colonies decide to stay divided they may end up dead.

  39. Chance Esquivel says:

    I think that the statement Join, or Die means to join together and have everybody cooperate and work together and the snakes body parts seperated means all the colonies are seperated and there not working together. And if they want to win they have to come together and work and fight hard.

  40. Michelle ho Per3. says:

    After i researched on the web about join or die. My conclusion is that the 13 states have to work together and put aside the differences. And the Snake shows that before they wernt working together and they wheree enemy. Also, if they join into colonies, they have the possibility to have religious freedom.

  41. Michelle ho Per4. says:

    After i researched on the web about join or die. My conclusion is that the 13 states have to work together and put aside the differences. And the Snake shows that before they wernt working together and they wheree enemy. Also, if they join into colonies, they have the possibility to have religious freedom.

    i ment period 4 not 3 :D sorry.

  42. Shery Leung P.5 says:

    i think the meaning of “join or die” means that you need to join a colons or you would die. the evidence that we have is that all the colonies are fighting together.

  43. Robert arechiga period 6 says:

    i think join or die means if you dont join the 13 colonies you will be shun,die,or a prisiner exetra just becaus you did not join them

  44. jesus barranco period 6 says:

    join or die i think means if you dont join you will never get a better life in england but if you join the 13 colonies you might get a better life and the letters signafy the unitals of the 13 colonies

  45. christian soriano says:

    I think join or die is referring to the colonist and their decision whether or not to break away from Great Britain.

  46. Anderson Nguyen says:

    I think the join or die flag, means all of the coutries should join together or will die. The reason i think this is because they all have enemies. Benjamin Franklin is sayin if they join forces then they will have a higher chance beating their enemies. So they could be one great nation if they do. That is what i think it means.

  47. Nicholas Van says:

    I think Join, or die is a political cartoon. Join, or die was created by Benjamin Franklin on May 9th 1754. The snake all cut up represents the 13 traditional colonies. They used the snake beacause the cut up snake would come back to life and be put back together. The cartoon became a symbol of freedom!

  48. Nicholas Van Period 5 says:

    I think Join, or die is a political cartoon. Join, or die was created by Benjamin Franklin on May 9th 1754. The snake all cut up represents the 13 traditional colonies. They used the snake beacause the cut up snake would come back to life and be put back together. The cartoon became a symbol of freedom

  49. I think join or die means,a symbol of unity, strength and freedom in the 8 colonies. Doesnt mean if your not in one of those colonies you die, its a choice if you wanna be in the colonie. I think benjamine franklen made this to saperate colonies from the important ones that have freedom.

  50. I think this symbol means, that these colonies have important traits in them like freedom, trade, etc. The meaning of Join or Die is in every section of the snake symbolizes the British colonies. Since it is separated, Benjamin Franklin is saying that the colonies have to join together otherwise they will not be able to survive on there own

  51. Thaomi period 6 says:

    I think he was trying to encourage the former colonies to unite against the British rule. If they unite, they will have a better chance of living. You have a choice. To either be cut up and die or unite and live.

  52. Antonio Salgado says:

    I think that join or die means flag means that is a disunited state. I also think it was cut into 8 pieces so it could represent the 8 colonies. All different partsof the snake represent the slightly variated political parties of the time.

  53. Cindy Truong Period 3 says:

    I think that the meaning of “Join or Die” is that all the colonies should join together to become one big colony to fight back against England. When England was making high taxes. In my point of view, the chopped off snake probably shows that the colonies will all die if they were seperated. Basically, the meaning of this is to tell the people that if a colony is united, it’ll have a higher chance for the population to live, because they can all help each other. If a colony is seperated, each colony will have different opinions and ideas, and when war comes, they’ll be a mess and die.

  54. Maria Luong Period 2 says:

    To me, I think that Join or Die means if you don’t join one of the thirteen colonies, you would get killed. If you join, it can be possible that they can have religious freedom. I think that the letters on the flag stands for the colonies.

  55. karina fuentes says:

    I think it mean that if you join the thriteen colonies you will have to help them to fight the emeny of the colony. If you dont you will die by the emeny or kept as slaves for the rest of your life until you die.

  56. Kenny Park p.3 says:

    “Join or die” means that you either join the colonies or you die. Franklin is making fun how the colonies, severed body parts of the snakes, are so separated. I think he also meant that the colonies shouldn’t be so separated, but to be united as one. Franklin is hoping that this will happen and it will, the revolution.

  57. Jenny Le says:

    I think the phrase “Join or Die” means that if the colonies joined together than they would be able to defeat England. At the time, the colonists had been charged with lots of taxes and the Stamp Act. This wasn’t fair because they had no representatives in the Parliament. There was a belief at the time which stated that a chopped snake could come back to life if the pieces where put together by sunset. So what this cartoon means is that if the colonies didn’t unite, then they would die. Benjamin Franklin used this image to say that if the colonies came together they could destroy England before they would get destroyed.

  58. ramsey thatcher per.4 says:

    if you dont join you will be torture by the 13 colonies or even worst DEATH and if you join u can possibly have religious freedom and the flag stand for choose a side.

  59. Katherine Ho says:

    Each part of the snake represents a colony from the north to the south. To join, applying that the colonies have a common enemy, must ally with each other with combined force to fend off the enemy. They are all unhappy about Britain’s unfair treatment to them, which applies to all of the colonies’ problems and not just one or a few. Otherwise, separated, they are too weak to fight off Britain by themselves, as in the representation of the snake being cut off and dying. Join together, die together or die slowly in parts alone.
    As towards the myth, if a snake, the colonies can join together before sunset, or when the British get to them, they’d have a better chance of living.

  60. Sean Nguyen period 4 says:

    I think that the cut up snake meant the 13 colonies. If you didn’t join one of them you would die or suffer a harsh death. However if you did u wouldn’t die and have freedom in the colony you are in. So that’s what i think the “join or die” flag meant.

  61. Amanda Duong period 3 says:

    i believe that the cut up pieces represent the colonies. I think that the colonists thought of the snake as a symbol of strength and freedom and that when the colonies are united they could bring down the British Empire.

  62. Jenny Do per.2 says:

    I think it meant that if you didnt follow or jion the 13 colonies. Then you would die or get harsh punishment. The snake is all cut up to show the colonies and if you dont jion then you’ll die

  63. Camille Maciel per.4 says:

    I think the statement ” Join or Die” represents that if you join the colonies you will have freedom and you won’t have to worry about risking death. If you stay behind in England you will have less freedom and better risks of tourture and death. I think that the flag represents the freedom of each standing of the colonies, Also I think its divided because it is its own standing land of freedom. The evidence is from the picture of the snake divided representing the 13 colonies.

  64. Molly Bruland per. 2 says:

    In my opinnion, the picture on the flag labeled join or die meant that each colonies are independent, but united as one, in the worst of times. I think that “Join or Die” meant that the colonies helped who ever were in it, and if you weren’t than who’s side were you on ; they were basically offering a free chance of survival with a ful;l body of people behind you to catch you when you fall.

  65. Laura Nguyen Per. 3 says:

    To me, I think that “Join or Die” means that if you want to live, go live in the 13 colonies. The bad part is, if you don’t, then go ahead and die. If I were one of the colonists, I would choose to live. The flag of the cut up snake resembles the 13 colonies.

  66. Demetria Ma (P3) says:

    Well, for one I think that the snake represents the 13 colonies. The colonies have to either unite to overcome troubles or die alone, hence the term “Join or Die.” Just like the parts of a snake, they have to work together and cooperate to actually get something done.

  67. Join or die !
    Basicly if you don’t join you suffer the consquences
    The snake is cut to resemble the 13 collonies
    In my opinion I think the choices are unfair and uncany

  68. Sheena Vu says:

    I think the term ‘Join-Or-Die’ means that you have to cooperate with your ‘team’ or ‘members’ then you will have a better chance of not living, dying.
    Evidence being the snake on the flag. The 13 colonies are chopped up i think because that they didn’t unite and work together, therefore, they got split up and now have their own colony not working with the other. Each colony fighting alone. And/Or, the snake is divided to represent each of the 13 colonies. But if they DO join together, then they will get a better chance of earning more freedom.

  69. Molly Bruland Per. 6 ...09/19/10 says:

    I think the flag that says join or die means that the colonies help those who do not have their own protective system, so the colonies back them up; the snake split apart meaning that each thirteen colony is independent, but they are all one body at the same time. I think join or die means that during those times it was survival of the fittest, so you needed a group or body of people behind you, so they are saying that if you don’t join their group of their 13 england colonies you might as well be on your own, having a worse chance of survival against the other united groups.

  70. Michael Tran Period 3 says:

    i could have sworn that i already did this but i don’t see mines so i will do it again.
    I Wikipedia this and i think it stands for a unity with all colonies and it also means Freedom and Democracy. New England is just one segment instead of 4 and they said that if you cut a snake and then bring all of the pieces before sunset, it would become one piece asgain

  71. Kevin Vu per 3 says:

    I think join or die means that if you don’t come together you will die. If you join together you will rebel against the British. That is what I think of join or die.

  72. Phuong Ho period6 says:

    Join or die means that the 13 colonies hvae to join together in order to survive. each part of the snake cannot survive alone, but if all the part connects again they would have a better chance of living. if they don’t they will die because the snake looks death.

  73. Judy Pham period 02 says:

    I think that Join or Die means that all 13 colonies must work together to defeat their common enemy, the French, to get more land. If they do not work together, as shown in the picture, they will die because the French can take over all of their land.

  74. Jason Nguyen period 2 says:

    I think that benjamin franklin drew the join or die flag to tell the thirteen colonies that they should work together.If you work together you can conquer more land, but if you don’t you can lose your land!

  75. Amy Cardona P6 says:

    I think JOIN OR DIE means join the fight for justice and let the british control your life.I feel that join colonist or die.

  76. Anthony Rodriguez p4 says:

    I think join or die mean if the colonies dont unite the will all die at war with the french. They need more land and the french is taking it from them

  77. Kristie Le P4 says:

    The snake parts represented the 13 colonies. I think “Join or Die” mean’t that without the colonies joining together, they would die without help of each other’s knowledge or survival. So if the colonies joined they would live(like the snake) and without them joining they would dieeee.

  78. Nicholas Nguyen Period 6 says:

    In my opinion, I think that “join’ or die” means that each of those snake body parts mean all the 13 colonies and they seem to look separated. They are probably separated because they used to be claim by diferent people and all those people who claimed each colony, have to team up and work together to become one in a metaphor, meaning the snake parts need each other to regenerate to each other.

  79. Ken Tewasart P. 3 says:

    To me, “Join, or Die” might mean that if you don’t move into the colonies, you could be killed or suffered from the war, and if you join, you would get freedom and peace. The snake of the flag is separated into 13 parts, each part has a name of a colony. So if the 13 parts (colonies) join together they can become victorious over the French and conquer land.

  80. Kaylyn Thiebert Period 3 says:

    I think “join or die ” means that if you don’t join the thirteen colonies and learn to work together and support eachother; and if you were in a different coloy you were as good as dead, like the snake was.

  81. Andy Pham Per. 6 says:

    I think the meaning of “Join or Die” is that if you dont join the 13 colonies you would get killed. On the other hand if you join the 13 colonies you can unite together as one and prevail on those who stand against them.

  82. Leon Au P.6 says:

    What I think that “Join or Die” means is that when problems came up regarding the land of the colonies the were either supposed to “Join” as in unite as 1, or to “Die” separate and fail at anything. Ben Franklin saw this problem and put it as a cartoon. The picture shows a snake. If joined the snake is alive. if separated the snake is dead. That is what I think “Join or Die” meant.

  83. Lilian Lieu, p.6 says:

    the meaning of “join or die” means the 13 brittish colonies. it looks seperated, that means if they don’t join together they will not be able to survive

    • Gloria Dockham Period 5 says:

      I think that join or die means that the 13 colonies must join together and stand up against English rulers because if they don’t join together, they will surely die. The cartoon shows that the snake is dead because it represents a divided country. The snake is symbolizing a country that needs to come together in order to survive. :) so thats what i think. :D

  84. Khanh Nghiem p3 says:

    In my opinion, the snake represents the thirteen colonies. The colonies had to join together and help each other survive. If you didn’t join, no one would help you, and your colony would die.

  85. In my opinion, Join or die would mean that unless you join any of the thirteen colonies, you’ll be killed, prosecuted, or tortured. I have a feeling that, there were still treason/heresy beliefs when that was first made.

  86. Warrick Thatcher Period:5 says:

    The meaning of Join or Die is that each section of the snake symbolizes the British colonies. Since it is separated Benjamin Franklin is saying that the colonies have to join together otherwise they will not be able to survive.

  87. Nina Pham per. 3 says:

    When the snake is all together, then it would live. When the snake is cut up, then the snake is dead. The snake represents the 13 colonies. Just like that snake, if the 13 colonies don’t work together to fight against the British, then they are going to die. But if the 13 colonies worked together, then they can defeat the British and win their freedom. This is pretty much what I think whatt “Join or Die” and the cut up snake means.

  88. Tina Pham Per.3 says:

    i think it means that if you dont joiin one of the 13 colonies , then you would either be killed or tortured to deeath .
    i searched it up and its actually a symbol of freedom and democracy during the revolutionary war.

  89. joshua pedraza period 4 says:

    i think the meaning of “Join or Die” is that each section of the snake symbolizes the British colonies. they had to join together otherwise they will not be able to survive.

  90. David Nguyen 2nd Period says:

    I think that “Join or Die” means that you will get religious freedom if you join one of the 13 colonies. I think that if you don’t join one of the 13 colonies, you will die or get harsh punishment. For example, the snake pieces cut up on the flag represents the 13 colonies. It shows that the 13 colonies are independent, but are one whole body at the same time.

  91. natalie magana period.2 says:

    join or die; i think that it means that if you join together and work together you will survive and be healthy. so if you are not joined together and your constantly fighting with the people in the same colony you will pobably die because you dont have anyone to watch your back or to help you fight other wars. so joined you will be better off than being separated and being rival enimies with the people in you colony.

  92. Quynh Vu p.2 says:

    The story “Join or Die” is about the 13 colonies that either you join the colonies or you will die if you don’t. The picture of the snake shows the colonies that do not join together will not be survive. If they join together it will be like a snake and will survive.

  93. Shae Dela Pina Period 2 says:

    Join or Die was Benjamin Franklin’s wordcut from May 9, 1754 and was made into a flag. The snake on the flag is cut into sections. The sections represent the indivisual colonies and the curves stand for the coastlines. With New England as the head and South Carolina as the tail. Beneath the snake was threatning words, “Join or Die”.

  94. Robert Le p.3 says:

    I think that “Join or Die” means that if the 13 colonies don’t join together as one, they will die. The cut up snake represents that the 13 colonies are independant, but are one whole body united as one. This cartoon represents this example during the revolutionary war.

  95. bryan lopez p2 says:

    I think that if u join the 13 colonies you will live the rest of your life good.I also think if u don’t then u might turn in into a slave an have to work the rest of your life but i think most of the people stay in the colonies

  96. Naomi Pham ; Period 3 says:

    I think each part of the snake represents the freedom of the British colonies. I think ‘Join or Die’ means that if the colonies unite all together, they will have a high chance of survival together in the war. If they do not join together, most of the colonists will die.

  97. Tiffany Vu Period 2 says:

    I think that the term ” Join or die” means that you must work together or you will soon fail (die). One evidence is that the snake is divided meaning, not everyone joined in, so the colonies are now divided.

  98. Danny Vo; Period 3 says:

    I think “Join or Die” was a way for Benjamin Franklin to let the colonists know that they must work together. The flag shows the importance of unity of all colonies against a common threat (The French and Indian War). The colonists could join together and become one, or die alone. The snake, cut into the different colonies, refers to a myth during that era that if all the parts were put back together before sunset, the snake would come back to life; meaning that if the colonies worked together, they could conquer anything.

  99. Andy Nguyen Per. 6 says:

    I think “Join or Die” means that the colonies need to unite to fight a common enemy, and i would mean united we stand divided we fall.

  100. tran hoang p.6 says:

    i think “join or die” mean that if 13 colonies join together to fight their enemy then they could win and gain more land like that snake if all the body part are together then it could stay alive and grow bigger and if the colonies doesn’t work together to defeat their enemy then they will lose and lost their land just like the snake if the body part are not together they will die.

  101. Daniel Freedland period 3 says:

    I think “Join or Die” meant that if the colonies didn’t join together and become a nation, England might take total control over the colonies. I believe the current separation is shown by the snake in pieces, but if it becomes one snake it will live. Also each colony had their own exports, so they needed to work together to help each other with the other colonies needs. This is shown by the small letters next to every piece of the snake. This is what I believe the “Join or Die” flag represents.

  102. Cesar Lopez P.2 says:

    It ment Fredom and democrasy also, it ment the unit of the colonies new england was put into one pice of the snake instead of four others they believed that if you cut up a snake into pieces, it could come back to life if it was put together before sunset. Or it means to join a colony to defeat another.

  103. carissa guzman says:

    I think “join or die” means that if the 13 colonies joined in battle to fight they can win and gain land.I also think if you dont join to fight the enimies you will get harsh punishements.The evidence i have is when i learned in class that the colonies had to go to war they hung up this sign of the snake wich ment to “join or die.”

  104. carissa guzman p.3 says:

    I think “join or die” means that if the 13 colonies joined in battle to fight they can win and gain land.I also think if you dont join to fight the enimies you will get harsh punishements.The evidence i have is when i learned in class that the colonies had to go to war they hung up this sign of the snake wich ment to “join or die.”

  105. carissa guzman says:

    I think “join or die” means that if the 13 colonies joined in battle to fight they can win and gain land.I also think if you dont join to fight the enimies you will get harsh punishements.The evidence i have is when i learned in class that the colonies had to go to war they hung up this sign of the snake wich ment to “join or die.”(p.3)

  106. Jocelyne Peralta Per. 2 says:

    I think join or die means if u join you will have freedom and if u dont you will get punishments and die. The snake is cut apart because of the most of the colonies didnt join and now its seperated.

  107. Oscar Nava per.5 says:

    I think that “join or die” means that if you join you will help and fight so the colonies will come together. So the pieces of the snake means that all the colonies are apart so that means they have to join and live. If you choose die than it means death and there no other way.

  108. marvin pham p:e says:

    I think Join, or Die means that, if the 13 colonies don’t come together and agree with eachoter, they’ll die trying to be independent. My evidence from this is that the snake is separated in pieces and each piece has a colony name. This is 12 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, so Benjamin wanted the colonys to come together, and choose a leader (George Washington).

  109. Amber Vu period 5 says:

    I think “Join Or Die” means that everyone has to work together to become a colony/team. My evidence is that the snake is separated, why? I’m guessing that not everybody worked together so then everyone separated.

  110. Jamie Ahn Period 3 says:

    I think that this “Join or Die” cartoon by Benjamin Franklin represents how you should “Join” the colonies, and if you don’t then that means that you would “Die”. I think that the snake pieces are the colonies that you should join. On the other hand, if you are independent, then you will turn out like the snake.

  111. minh nguyen per 2 says:

    i think that the puzzle “join or die” means. If you don’t join a certain colonies group then they will torchure you. they will torchure by making you suffer by cutting your body into many different pieces.

  112. Edward Puma period 4 says:

    I think that the fag stand for religos freedom.And to chose a side or be torture and you can also die. I also think that it means to chose a country

  113. Alexis Sutterman///Period: 3 says:

    I strongly believe “Join or Die” means that all of the colonies will have to join together as one, or else they will truly suffer. The different letters (eg: N.J, N.E, M, V,…) on the different pieces of the snake stand for colony names. The way all of the pieces of the snake are all chopped up represents how the colonies are so seperate. Somebody in the colony of Virginia, for example, would consider themself not a British American, but a “Virginian.” They werent seeing themselves as one united place. Because of this, they couldnt be very powerful. The cartoon of the snake shows that since the snake is all broken apart, the snake wont function properly. The same will occur with the colonies, unless they join together. Hence the quote, “Join or Die.” Yet another fascinating political cartoon from….. “Richard Saunders.” (We’ll keep your secret, Benjamin Franklin! ;D)
    —-Alexis S. Period: 3 :)

    • Alexis Sutterman///Period: 3 says:

      P.S:
      Sorry I responded at the last minute. I tried to post it a few days ago, and it errored every time. Now, it worked! :)

  114. robert huynh per .2 says:

    Each of the snake peices are parts of the 13 colonies . THey used the snake to help persuade colonists . This is probally a thing for people who were to join to war or die for not joining

  115. Steven Hoang Per.2 says:

    I think the meaning of this picture, “Join or Die”, is that it wants to encourage people to join together as one country. It’s probably asking this, because it was probably in the hard times of the colonies and if they didn’t unite they would end up like the snake in the picture. Separated and dead.

  116. Martin Tran P3 says:

    Benjamin Franklin’s famous political cartoon, “Join or Die!” means to me that the colonies are all separate and have different persectives on matters such as rights and laws. They are unique in their own ways and that’s why it is difficult for them to be together as one. The way they do unite is through one common enemy; the first time is during the French and Indian War, the second time is against England, during the American Revolution. If they don’t unite, they will die and wither away, just like how the snake is dead when it is cut into pieces, but if the pieces are reunited or put together, then they unite together as 1.

  117. Long Nguyen P.6 says:

    Join or die represented the freedom and democracy during the revolutionary war. The segment of the snake initials with the British American colony or region. This cartoon was made to help notify the importance of a unify colony.

  118. kathy nguyen period 5 says:

    I think it means the colonies are to die for. People would die to move to the colonies for freedom.

  119. Andy Le Period 6th says:

    I think ” join or die” is the unity of the colonies. the people that moved to the colonies would die for freedom. it was probably hard for the colonies, if they didn’t unite then, the colonies would’ve been like the snake in the cartoon, all separated.

  120. William Tran period 3 says:

    I think “Join, or Die” means that the 13 original colonies should unite into one. My thoughts are they should join into one against the British or they would not survive on their own…

  121. I believe Join, or Die, well known as a cartoon of a snake, is a symbol of freedom and democracy during the Revolutionary War. At the time, the snake cartoon was cut into pieces because it represented the colonists and how they didn’t want to agree with one another.

  122. Julissa Reyes per2 says:

    I think it means that if you dont join any of the 13 colonies that there will be different consequenses. And if you do join none of the above will happen to you,

  123. Ashley Bravo per.5 says:

    I think ,Join or Die, by Benjamin Franklin…. means that they wanted to unite the 13 colonies and work together ! And if you didnt agree then you would either get killed because you would be on your own & there would be no one to protect you!? Thats what i think..

  124. Lilian Nguyen says:

    I think it either means to either flee your country and have a free life, or stay over there and have a disgusting life. You can either start over and get a new job. You can also change your rank too ! =)

  125. Ayana Tran~p2 (: says:

    “Join or Die” is a cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin; the Philadelphia Gazette. The political cartoon represents the 13 English colonies. However, New England is one only one segment instead of the 4 colonies it was at that time and Delaware/Georgia were completely omitted. So, as a saying, the snake and unity was dead. Benjamin purposely made the separation to improve the importance of it as well. Also, the snake parts actually symbolize the facts about the 13 colonies (the colonies join=the snake’s alive/the colonies split apart=the snake dies). <~~I think

  126. Vivian Dinh p.3 says:

    i think the cut up snake means that they are sepreated colonies and i think join or die means to unite and protect each other.

  127. Alex Salazar Period 5 says:

    I think this means if the colonies are not unified, they would die. Just like the snake and how divided it is. “Join or Die” means to be a part of the colonies, or basically die.