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Unformatted text preview: By the early 1750s, Pennsylvania's frontier was in trouble again. The colonists had pushed the Indians from their land, sometimes killing them in the process. As white settlers pushed further west, the Indians started to fight back more forcefully. They did so with the help of French soldiers, who supplied guns. Franklin believed that in order for the colonies to effectively protect their frontiers, they needed to unite. On May 4, 1754, Franklin published an essay arguing for unification. With the essay he published a drawing showing a snake cut into pieces. The caption under the picture read "JOIN OR DIE." This, probably America's first political cartoon in a newspaper, later became an important symbol of the United States. In the summer, Franklin attended a meeting of the colonies called by the British government to work out a common defense for the...
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