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"The History of Project"

The History of The American Flag: Timeline for Changes in the American Flag*
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On January 1, 1776, the American Flag consisted of 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner. Since that time, Congress has changed the flag 6 times.

In 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag. Though there is some controversy surrounding the validity of her claim.  Many affidavits from family members have been presented to confirm that fact.

“In 1777, the Second Continental Congress resolved as follows:
 Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”*

As states were added, Congress passed resolutions to change the flag.

The following dates mark the changes in the flag:

· June 14, 1777

· January, 1794

· April, 1818

· June, 1912

· January, 1959

· July, 1960

The Stars and Stripes are a symbol of freedom to Americans and nations around the world.


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