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The story of Betsy Ross: Truth or Legend. The story from her grandson and support to verify it.

The story of Betsy Ross: Truth or Legend. The story from her grandson and support to verify it.

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  • 1. Betsy Ross and the American Flag Deborah Guzman 5 th Grade Social Studies May 18, 2009
  • 2. Elizabeth Griscom Ross (1752-1836)
    • Marriage to John Ross.
    • Philadelphia seamstress.
    • Upholstery shop near the State House.
    • George Washington and the secret committee from the Continental Congress.
  • 3. William Canby and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    • Betsy Ross’s grandson, William Canby.
    • William Canby’s Paper.
    • Little proof exits to verify the claims of Canby.
  • 4. Why have so many generations of Americans accept this as fact?
    • Harper’s Monthly July 1873 issue.
    • Textbooks and the book, The Evolution of the American Flag.”
    • Painting “Birth of Our Nation’s Flag”.
    • Did Frances Hopkins create the first flag?
    • Timeline.
  • 5. Frequently Asked Questions?
    • What do the red, white, and blue of the flag represent?
    • Why are the stars in a circle?
    • If Betsy sewed the flag, who designed it?
    • Why would Betsy Ross be chosen to make the flag?
    • Where is the first flag?
  • 6. In Summary…
    • Historically, the story of Betsy Ross remains unresolved.
    • Timeline and facts do not contradict her story.
    • The dates match and the need matches.
  • 7. Betsy Ross’s 5-Pointed Star
    • When she recommended a 5-point star the committee protested that it was too difficult to make. She took a piece of paper, folded it deftly, and with a single snip of her scissors, produced a symmetrical five-pointed star. Her audience was so impressed that they agreed to her suggestion.
  • 8. The End
    • Is the story of Betsy Ross told by her grandson William Canby true?
    • What do you think?
    • Write in your journal your opinion.