Graphic Witness: Hugo Gellert
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Aesop Said So: Lithographs by Hugo Gellert

THE FARMER-LABOR PARTY (The Bundle of Sticks)

A Farmer who had quarrelsome sons, tried to reconcile them. He called them together and bid them lay a Bundle of Sticks before him.

Having tied the sticks securely together, he handed the Bundle to his sons and told them to break it. Each tried, but in vain. Then, untying the Bundle, the old man broke the sticks one by one with the greatest of ease. Then he said:

"Thus you, my sons, as long as you remain united, are a match for all your enemies, but differ and separate, and you are undone."