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    Who designed the American flag?

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    No one knows. The story of Betsy Ross was invented by her grandson. The painting of her making the flag is also a fake. The artist painted it via her nephews story.

    Myths about the American Flag

    1. Betsy Ross made the first American flag. False

    The Betsy Ross story is the most tenacious piece of fiction involving the flag. There simply is no credible historical evidence — letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, bills of sale — that Ross (then known as Elizabeth Claypoole) either made or had a hand in designing the American flag before it made its debut in 1777.

    The story cropped up in 1870, almost 100 years after the first flag was supposedly sewn, when William Canby, Ross’s grandson, told the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia that his grandmother made the flag at George Washington’s behest. Canby’s sole evidence: affidavits from family members. The iconic 1893 painting of Ross sitting in her Philadelphia parlor with the sun beaming down on the flag in her lap is a scene invented by Charles H. Weisgerber, the artist and entrepreneur who profited from the Betsy Ross legend.

    While Ross did make flags in Philadelphia in the late 1770s, it is all but certain that the story about her creating the American flag is a myth.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html
    The first American flag was made by Betsy Ross. Although nobody knows for sure who designed the flag.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    That story is a myth.
    IamPamela313

    as stated...nobody knows for sure who designed the flag!
    they are currently now made in china... its disgusting
    bulletman

    don't feel bad china owns america financially!


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