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Join or Die 2.0 by ElizabethBarndollar Join or Die 2.0 by ElizabethBarndollar
This is taken from the historic Benjamin Franklin "Join or Die" [link] After seeing all of the trouble in Washington and this debt ceiling crisis I wanted to illustrate the magnitude of how this situation will effect our future. Releasing for use under Creative Commons Attribution License. Please share.

Just added the making of video here: [link]
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Emiliakim Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
it's really good
what media did you use for this work????
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My-Disrespect Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Used this to illustrate an article: [link]. Thanks!
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H2Kzer0 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
You might like as of recently that some of the states, about 35 so far, are having a petition to succeed from the corrupt government.
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apexabyss Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
franklin's philosophy was correct- in terms of uniting the states= the "united states" of america (u.s.a.).
>the civil war was not fought over "slavery." the war was fought over "nationalism vs. federalism."
>had the south won the war- france & the british would have surely waged war against the "confederate states of america."
>france would've had the perfect opportunity to reinstate the "louisiana purchase" & take-back the (c.s.a.) south.

uniting was the only option. southerners that take pride in the "confederate flag" have no clue that the south once belonged to the french. this symbol means more than sovereignty or our modern political system (nice touch btw). it was a map/plan for the security of this countries future.

all the while- women, africans & natives were being oppressed- it's a cruel joke for white-males.
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amethystartist83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
:wow: My jaw just dropped, literally.
As one who has recently looked into such history, I find this very fitting.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Well done.
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SherlockHolmes22nd Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
we are must remembering the things that make the country great like this good picture illustrates
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Each cut represents the Shadow Government, the Lobbyists in Washington, and the bosses of both parties.
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I hadn't thought of that but it makes a lot of sense. I really like the idea of doing another picture that represents that. Thank you for commenting!
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Hillfighter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
The irony is that after Ben Franklin drew that political cartoon the colonies didn't unite for decades.
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
...and now I've jinxed the nation.
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InuHsien Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
You forgot us independats!
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I thought of putting them in where judicial is but I changed the arrangement and the only good spot would have been the very end of the tail. I thought that might be too distracting and mean to independents as if I were saying... we could live without them. So I think of the independents are more part of the people. Just my thoughts.
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InuHsien Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
S'all good, great pix none the less.
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ebturner Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
As a high school history teacher I too enjoy this. The imagery is powerful. Using the historic "Join or Die" and connecting it to today's issues is potent. Two things: 1) Was there any rhyme or reason for the order of the elements (People, President, Senate, etc - People is somewhat obvious...but I'm curious about the order of the political parties. Did this just have to do with the order of the colors? Red being Republican and Blue being Democrat? Or is there something "subliminal" behind it?).
2) What font did you use for "Join, or Die"? Was it 18th Century or another?
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent use of the historic motif, and a contemporary take on a classic. I wonder what andrew Jackson would think of this whole bank crisis? Deja vu.
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Conjure-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is excellent. I really believe we need to get together or our economy/ culture/ country is doomed to fail.
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow...now, I'm not from the States and don't know much on the situation, so maybe it's not my place to say anything here. But I have to say that evoking the "Join, or Die" picture is a VERY powerful statement. There is the implication that people should come together and resolve their political differences for the good of the country as a whole, and I think that's something that every nation (including my own - I'm Canadian, by the way) should keep in mind.
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for commenting! I keep getting lots of views but I cant tell how people are taking the image. I appreciate the post. :)
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. I'm trying to learn some of the early American history, actually, since you don't learn much about it in history class growing up in Canada (for obvious reasons), so this image just leapt out at me.
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was enjoying looking at art in histry. The Ben Franklin cartoon looks very simple but he had to carve it out of a wood block for it to get published. It's interesting to look at the technology at the time, he had to scale back on quality to get his message out. I really liked the idea of putting a modern spin on his original artwork. If you find any decent resources on early american artwork I would be very greatful if you would share them.
Thanks
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hm...I don't know what sort of artwork you're looking for, but I love looking at what's there on the website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It may not be something like Ben Franklin's cartoon, but they have a lot of paintings and artefacts in their collection that you can access online.

Here's a link: [link] I recommend both the Collection Database and the Timeline of Art History tabs, especially the Thematic Essays you can find under the latter.
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blueheron93 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Writer
:clap: Well said!
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ElizabethBarndollar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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