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Betsy Ross Flag Tank Top

$19.95

The Betsy Ross flag tank top is an early design of the flag of the United States. The flag was designed during the American Revolution and features 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies. The distinctive feature of the Ross flag is the arrangement of 5-pointed stars in a circle.

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The Betsy Ross Flag Tank Top is a classic fit, cotton jersey knit top. It’s Quarter-turned, meaning that it eliminates the center crease.

• 100% jersey knit
• Pre-shrunk
• Classic fit
• Banded neck and arm holes

The Betsy Ross story was brought to public attention in 1870 by her grandson, William Canby, in a speech he made to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Canby and other members of Betsy’s family signed sworn affidavits stating that they heard the story of the making of the first flag from Betsy’s own mouth.

According to the oral history, in 1776, three men-George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, visited Betsy Ross in her upholstery shop. She escorted them to her parlor, where they could have a private meeting. Here, Washington pulled a folded piece of paper from his inside coat pocket. On it, was a sketch of a flag with thirteen red and white stripes and thirteen six pointed stars.

Washington asked if Betsy could make a flag from the design. Betsy responded: “I do not know, but I will try.”

This line was used in the sworn statements of many of Betsy’s family members, suggesting that it is a direct quote from Betsy.

 

As the story goes, Betsy suggested changing the stars to five points rather than six. She showed them how to do it with just one snip of her scissors. They all agreed to change the design to have stars with five points.

Source: http://historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house/flag/

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