Everybody’s heard the story of Betsy Ross and her legendary creation of the first Amercian flag. But what is legend, and what is truth?
In The Story of Old Glory, Albert Mayer explores the history of our American flag documenting our first need for one (as we split with Britain) and the evolution of ideas that came to be finally represented by the Stars and Stripes. The original designer, the flags’ first uses aboard ships and in battle, and its continuing role in our nation’s identity are all disdussed.
Probably the most interesting moment for me came on page 8, when the use of the flag in representing America’s discounted-but-still-willing-to-negotiate was discussed. To show that we were still willing to reconcile, a flag was designed which placed the Union Jack as the canton – but on a field of thirteen red and white stripes to show that we Americans also considered ourselves to have a separate identity. Isn’t that fascinating?
Conclusion. Wonderful, excellent, superb. Your children will love learning about the origins of their country’s flag.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret