Betsy Ross Essay

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What do you think about when you look at this flag? Some people think about liberty, freedom, pride, and some people even think about the person who sewed it. That is who we are going to tell you about. She was born in Philadelphia on New Years Day, 1752, and how some people look at it, the flag signs her name.Elizabeth Griscom was the eighth child out of seventeen kids. Her parents, Samuel and Rebecca Griscom were devoted Quakers. Elizabeth Griscom would soon be come to known as Betsy Ross. At an early age Betsy was learning how to sew. She met John Ross on a November night in 1773 and was married in New Jersey. And ...view middle of the document...

He died in 1817.She became a well known seamstress and flag maker through out her life, but at age 84 Betsy Ross died on January 30th 1836. But in 1870, her grandson, William Canby told a story that Betsy had told him, about how she made the first American flag. According to Betsy's story, a committee leaded by George Washington asked Betsy Ross to design and make the first American flag in 1776. Washington showed her a design with six pointed stars but Betsy Ross suggested making the five-point star instead. The committee disapproved the five-pointed star and said that it would be too complicated to make. Right then and there, Betsy proved to them that it was easier and looked better, she did it in one snip of her scissors. They agreed. And the American flag was on its way.The first official flag of the United States was accepted by Congress on June 14, 1777. The flag has changed many times to get the design it now has. The flag that Betsy Ross first made had 7 red stripes, 6 white stripes and 13 stars representing the 13 colonies. Now, it has 50 stars representing all 50 states. Thanks to Betsy Ross the United States Flag is one of the world's oldest flags.But not everyone believes that Betsy Ross sewed the fist flag. Many historians can not find any records or documents on her actually sewing the flag. But we believe this story. Her work has inspired many people. And what we have learned from doing this project is you can do a lot, even when you don't have a lot to work with!

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