Benjamin Franklin’s Join or Die

Although this cartoon can be seen in almost every major US History textbook, we still think it’s worth analyzing with questions.

We have included a copy with questions and answers.

For more on this era please check out our resources:

US History PowerPoints

  • Colonization to Reconstruction:
    U.S. History Review
  • Colonial Era
  • The American Revolutionary War
  • Simulation Games

    Image Library

    US History Image Library – Pre-20th Century

    President Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

    farewell addressPresident George Washington did not seek a third term, which set a precedent followed by presidents well into the 20th century.

    In his farewell speech, he addressed the course the new nation ought to pursue in the future, especially regarding foreign relations.

    It was published initially in 1796 in David Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser and was republished for many years in newspapers and as a pamphlet and read by many Americans.

    We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers.

    For more information on this topic see our PowerPoint – The New Nation: Washington to John Quincy Adams.

    Colonization in North America

    We have a couple of PowerPoint presentations that cover this era in American History. Since most U.S. History classes begin with this topic, we have taken an excerpt from our Colonization to Reconstruction presentation for your use.

    Here are other some of our other early U.S. History PowerPoints: Colonial Era, American Revolutionary War, The New Nation: Washington to John Quincy Adams, The First Industrial Revolution, Westward Movement, and Slavery in America.

    Life in a New England colony, 1600s

    This six minute partial clip shows the hardships of life in the “New World”.

    Useful illustration of some realities of colonial life in North America during the 17th century.

    If you would like to see more materials on this era in U.S. history, check out our Colonization to Reconstruction, Colonial Era, and American Revolutionary War PowerPoints.