This is the story of Betsy Ross and her contribution to our nations flag. As we well know the American flag is a symbol of freedom and justice for America. This symbol is very important to many Americans and has been since the day it originated many years ago during the American Revolution. Through out the years there has been a great deal of controversy with historians in regards to whom we should credit for the design and creation of the original American flag. During the revolutionary time period the continental congress and Betsy Ross worked side by side to come up with a plan and design. They did so to ensure that the nation would have a symbol and a flag to represent the US during the war. Some may agree that Betsy Ross was the one to credit while some believe otherwise. The facts and information that history has collected and uncovered are very mixed and point to two very different conclusions. Although today until otherwise noted we do give a great deal of credit to Betsy Ross for her design and creation of the American flag.
Betsy RossBetsy Ross is considered to be one of the best-known figures from the American Revolution. She was not a president, general or statesmen, which were very common positions and jobs during the revolution. Ross was unlike your typical woman from the revolutionary time period. Betsy Ross was intelligent and career driven. She was an extremely talented craftswoman who was well known and respected for her upholstery skills. Starting from a young age Ross was passionate about craft and design. Ross learned and developed many of her craft skills at the Quaker school that she attended in her early years as well as from her family member. Ross followed her fathers footsteps from a very early age. Samuel Griscom her father was also a successful craftsman in Philadelphia. In the later years of her life Ross owned and operated her own craft and upholstery business. The opening of her business showed her passion and love for craft. Her upholstery business flourished and led her to many successes such as the creation of the American flag. Because of her success she was asked to help in the development and creation of the nations first flag. The flag was created in collaboration with the continental congress and George Washington in the late 1770s.
Early LifeBetsy Ross was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1752. Ross was born into a large Quaker family and was one of seventeen children. From an early age Ross was interested in craft and design. She learned many of her craft skills from her family members. Her great aunt Sarah Elizabeth Ann Griscom taught her how to sew and her great grandfather Andrew Griscom was a Quaker carpenter who influenced her love for upholstery in the later years of her life. Ross also learned many of her craft skills such as sewing at the Quaker school that she attended.
Ross went to a Quaker public school and upon completion her father apprenticed her to an upholster. This was where Ross learned and developed her love for craft and specifically upholstery and became very skilled. It was during this time when Ross had met her future husband and business partner. John Ross who was also an apprentice
Later YearsIt was not until the later years of Betsy Ross 's life that her career as a craftswoman had taken flight. In early June of 1776 Ross had a meeting with the Continental congress. George Washington, and the Continental congress came to Ross with the request to create the nations first flag. The congress consisted of a committee of three: including George Washington, George Ross, and Robert Morris. It was this exact meeting that had led Ross to the designing and the sewing of the first American flag.
The Continental congress and Betsy Ross worked side by side to create the flag. The flag was completed on June of 1776. And is now known as a symbol that will forever stand for our nation, independence, and freedom
After her collaboration with the continental congress and creation of the flag Betsy Ross had become a prominent figure in America. Some may have even considered her to be a huge part of Americas founding because of her contribution of the flag. What sets Ross aside from many of the other women who were apart of this timer period is their stories were often forgotten or ignored. But Betsy Ross had left a legacy for the nation and its founding.
The FlagThe American Flag has stood as a symbol for freedom and justice for over two hundred and fifty years. The sight of the American flag has given passion, power and glory to our nation during times of war and stress. Since early years the American flag has remained as a living piece of history and a symbol that represents Americans from both the past and present day.
Due to our entering into the American Revolution a flag became a necessity for the nation to have. Prior to the revolution and having our own flag American revolutionaries were using a variety of different flags. These flags were used to express the nations distaste for British rule. On June 14, 1777 congress had finally recognized that the nation needed a flag. It was decided by congress that the flag of the United States will be thirteen stripes alternating red and white; and the union will be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared their independence from Great Brittan and were also the first states. The flag was a representation meant to symbolize American nationalism.
Even though the flag represents something so powerful and great for many years now we have struggled to understand who we should give thanks and credit to. A great deal of historical evidence is lacking so many assumptions have been made through out the years. Until otherwise noted though many Americans will continue to give credit and thanks to Betsy Ross for her design and creation in collaboration with the continental congress.