Join or Die T-shirt

Price: $24.95
Mount Vernon Member Price:$22.55

In 1754, Benjamin Franklin published one of the most famous cartoons in history: the Join or Die woodcut. Franklin’s art carried significant importance at the time and is considered an early masterpiece of political messaging since it helped highlight the importance of colonial unity. It later became a symbol of colonial freedom during the American Revolutionary War.

The image displayed a snake cut up into eight pieces. The snake’s detached head was labeled "N.E." for “New England,” while the trailing seven sections were tagged with letters representing the colonies of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The exhortation "JOIN, or DIE" appeared underneath the image.

This historic motif is framed on the back of this dark grey t-shirt. George Washington's Mount Vernon is printed on the front in a fresh tan color.

  • Made of 100% cotton
  • Dark grey
  • Machine wash in cold water with like colors – tumble dry low