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Did Betsy Ross make the 1st U.S. flag?
I asked my students to find evidence regarding Betsy Ross and the first U.S. flag; and to cite its source using a format sheet I provided. Here is the evidence I found. Each source is cited using the format I asked for.
Title: Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth edition
Publisher: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Publication date: 1993
Title: Random House Webster’s College Dictionary
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 1996
"Ross, Betsy Griscom . 1752-1836 1. American seamstress who, according to tradition, made the first American flag (June 1776) at the request of George Washington."
Title: The American Heritage Talking Dictionary, version 4.0
Publisher: Softkey International
Publication date: 1995
Topic found: Ross
The Betsy Ross Legend. The widely publicized legend that Mrs. Betsy Ross made the first Stars and Stripes in June 1776, at the request of a committee composed of George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, an uncle, was first made public in 1870, by a grandson of Mrs. Ross. Historians have been unable to find a historical record of such a meeting or committee.
Title: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000
Publisher: World Almanac Books
Publication date: 1999
Title: Encyclopædia Britannica CD 99, Multimedia Edition
Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
Publication date: 1998
Topic found: Ross, Betsy
(note: the above page is now located at http://www.usflag.org/history/flagevolution.html)
Viewing date: January 18, 2000
search engine URL: http://www.google.com
search criterion specified: history of the American flag
total number of hits returned: 76,300
search date: January 18, 2000
total number of hits returned: 34,400,000
search date: July 26, 2009
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