CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE

GROUP RELATIONS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Sarah J. Brazaitis

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

—Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Benjamin Franklin spoke these words at one of the most important moments in the history of the United States as a reminder to his colleagues that the colonies must remain united or risk death for treason against the king of England. He was calling for collaboration and unity, essential characteristics of an effective group. The founding fathers of the United States certainly needed to be an efficacious group in order to establish a new nation, but their group was not without conflict. Indeed, their opinions diverged ...

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