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Betsy Ross: Did She Make the First American Flag?

By June 13, 2013

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Betsy Ross Flag
Painting Depicting Betsy Ross
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Betsy Ross made the first American flag after a visit in June 1776 by George Washington, Robert Morris, and her husband's uncle, George Ross. She demonstrated how to cut a 5-pointed star with a single clip of the scissors, if the fabric were folded correctly.

So the story goes... but is it true? (My conclusion: the truth may be more interesting than the myth.)

Read more in honor of Flag Day (June 14): About Betsy Ross


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