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Title :

Benjamin Franklin and the snake that would not die

Author :
COOK, Karen Severud ;
Publication year :
1996
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Investigates a 1754 illustration in Benjamin Franklin's newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette. The illustration, probably by Franklin, depicts a snake cut into segments; the segments symbolically stand for the British colonies, and are arranged in a sequence evoking their geographical order. Its caption reads 'join, or die.' It was published in an article calling for the colonies on North America's eastern seabord to unite against the threat of French agression from the western interior. Looks at Franklin's other uses of a cartoon, the map and snake theme, and the dismemberment theme. Also discusses the reappearance of the snake-map theme during the Revolutionary War and Civil War. ;
Pagination/Size :
7 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Caricature ; Colonial (art) ; Etats-Unis ; Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 ; Iconographie ; Illustration ; Serpent ; 1700-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Caricature ; Colonial ; Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 ; Iconography ; Illustration ; Serpents ; United States ; 1700-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
British Library journal, 1996, 22, 1, spring
INIST identifier :
24954044 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0305-5167 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
British Museum, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;