Join or Die Ben Franklin, Nylon 3′ X 5′


Join or Die Ben Franklin 1754 flag, 3×5′ nylon – Step into history with our historical nylon reproduction flags, spanning the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, and beyond. Made from durable nylon, perfect for indoor or outdoor display. Professionally finished with canvas heading and #2 brass grommets.

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The Join or Die Ben Franklin 1754 flag encapsulates a slice of pre-Revolutionary American history with its modern-day interpretation. Crafted from durable nylon, measuring 3’x5′, and complete with a canvas heading and grommets, this flag preserves the essence of a powerful message that resonated during a pivotal era.

At its core, this flag represents a unique blend of symbolism and political commentary. The rattlesnake, a favored animal emblem even before the Revolution, became an iconic representation of American identity. Benjamin Franklin, in his Pennsylvania Gazette, published an article in 1751 criticizing the British practice of sending convicts to America. The author, with a hint of sarcasm, suggested sending rattlesnakes back to England as a form of retaliation.

In 1754, the Gazette featured a political cartoon depicting a segmented snake, each part labeled with the name of a colony, under the motto “JOIN or DIE.” This image warned against colony disunity, commenting on the Albany Congress and its perils to colonial unity. The flag visually embodies unity, a reminder of the colonies’ strength lying in their cohesion and solidarity.

Contemporary flag companies aim to recreate the “JOIN or DIE” flag with the iconic snake drawing. However, historical documentation remains elusive.¬†Despite this lack of concrete evidence, the flag’s significance endures. It captures a time when colonies faced challenges, requiring unity for monumental change in their nascent state.

In conclusion, the Join or Die Ben Franklin 1754 flag features a rattlesnake emblem and bold message. It symbolizes principles that set the American Revolution’s foundation. Its modern interpretation carries forward the spirit of unity and defiance, though lacking historical documentation. This spirit characterized a crucial period in American history. As it flutters in the breeze, this flag serves as a visual link to the past. Lastly, it invites us to reflect on the resolve and determination of those who paved the way for a new nation.

Additional information

Weight .4735 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 2 in


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