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Raven: A Journal of Vexillology

Volume 12, 2005

John B. Harker
Pages 87-99
DOI: 10.5840/raven2005124

Betsy Ross: An American Legend and Patriot Revisited

A family member examines the legend of Betsy Ross’s role in the creation of the first American flag and how that legend became overwhelmingly popular. Previously little-known and unknown evidence that shows Betsy Ross was well known during her lifetime, much earlier than the 1870 William Canby lecture. Such celebrity is strong support for what has been, until now, considered only a family “myth”.