"The Birth of Old Glory." Betsy Ross and two girls showing flag Washington and three other men. Betsy Ross (1752 - 1836) is widely credited with making the first American flag. Research conducted by the National Museum of American History notes that the story of Betsy Ross making the first American flag for General Washington entered into American consciousness about the time of the 1876 centennial celebrations. Historians conclude that her main contribution to the design was to change the 6-pointed stars to the easier 5-pointed stars. Reproduction of painting by E. Percy Moran.
December 14th, 2015
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