Did Betsy Ross Create the U.S. Flag?


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Betsy Ross created the original U.S. Flag in June 1776, as reported by the Independence Hall Association. The flag's design was proposed by a committee including George Washington, George Ross and Robert Morris. This traditional account was first published in an 1870 paper written by Betsy's grandson, William J. Canby.

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During the American Revolution, the committee met Ross in her upholstery shop to request the manufacturing of a flag. According to Canby's account, the committee's initial design was altered following suggestions by Ross. The final result became the first official flag of the United States. The flag consists of 13 alternating red and white horizontal stripes. A blue field contains thirteen five-pointed white stars, which represent the original 13 colonies.

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