The History of the American Flag

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The American flag has evolved over time. Between 1777 and 1960 Congress passed several acts that changed the shape, design and arrangement of the stripes and stars. It now consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The red represents the thirteen colonies, while the white symbolizes purity and innocence. Its colors and symbols have deep meaning. The United States flag is said to represent a new nation struggling for freedom and liberty.Check this out:

It is believed that the first flag was designed by Congressman Francis Hopkins and sewed by Betsy Ross. Her grandson William Canby and other family members sign sworn affidavits stating that she was commissioned to sew the first Stars and Stripes and did so. There is no evidence to support this claim, but it is widely believed.

From Betsy Ross to Today: The History of the American Flag

In 1818, five more states were admitted to the Union and Congress passed a law specifying that the number of stripes would remain at 13, and a new star would be added for each state on July 4 following their admission. This is the pattern that remains today.

The flag became an important symbol during the American Revolution as it represented the colonists’ struggle for independence from Great Britain. The flag’s enduring strength and beauty inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Stars and Stripes embodied the spirit of a young nation fighting for its life. The flag has since become a symbol of courage, sacrifice, and freedom for all Americans.