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United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Posted 4 Feb 2013, by Don
The Expression:  UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL is one that we hear often, but when did we start using it in America? Research indicates that its first documented use in America was in the Revolutionary War "Liberty Song", published in the Boston Gazette in July 1768, with the words “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!  Some years later in 1799, the patriot and orator Patrick Henry, well known for "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" , said:  “Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” So it was with somewhat astonished delight that I acquired a painted box last year with the carving "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" on one end panel, dated 1834, with canon and American flag, it was also profusely decorated on other panels with canon and flags, and deeply carved WASHINGTON.  The combination of an early period use of United We Stand Divided We Fall and homage to George Washington and 1776, is a remarkable and most desirable piece of American history.  This great box now resides in a wonderful collection of patriotic early American material.