Join or Die: Part I
By Lorianne Updike Toler
Tripoli, 2 February 2013:
Thirteen separate legal entities with different cultures and climates with little trust between them faced a common enemy. Eventually the separate entities were able to join political and military forces and defeat the largest superpower then in existence, the British. Part of declaring independence for the thirteen North American colonies in 1776 involved hurriedly writing a constitution in 1777, the Articles of Confederation.
After the American Revolution, the lack of a common enemy made unity much harder to accomplish, and it was another 11 years before the states . . .