Join or Die Ben Franklin Rattlesnake Graphic T-Shirt

Liberty Maniacs

Join, or Die is Benjamin Franklin's political cartoon published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. It's the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America.

The original was actually a woodcut showing a snake severed into eighths, with each segment labeled with the initial of a British American colony or region. The cartoon appeared along with Franklin's editorial about the "disunited state" of the colonies and helped make his point about the importance of colonial unity.

During that era, there was a superstition that a snake that had been cut into pieces would come back to life if the pieces were put together before sunset. Wear a bit of history.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping


Size guide

  S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Length (inches) 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 36
Width (inches) 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 31




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