Monday, July 02, 2007

If Betsy Ross Had a Blog...

she might post these images. Here is a rendering of her stitching up the first American flag. Next is a depiction of her presenting her beautiful piece to the leaders of the Continental Congress. And last is the wonderful thirteen-star symbol of our independence and freedom.




















Many historians refute Betsy's legacy as more fable than fact, but I choose to believe that this fellow-stitcher contributed significantly to the spirit of our nation. Her story is so intriguing. She chose to marry outside her faith and was "read out" by her Quaker congregation--irrevocably shunned. She and her husband struggled to keep an upholstery business afloat when fabric was not all that easy to come by. Being asked by the leaders of our fledgling nation to sew a flag to carry us into our quest for independence must have been a great honor. Visit the Betsy Ross homepage for a fascinating insight into this stitcher's life and times. You can tour her house in Philadelphia and learn how to cut a 5-pointed star in one snip! And, I'm pretty sure if she were alive today, she'd be a quilter!!!


12 comments:

Darlene said...

Here, here! I like to believe that Betsy Ross made our first flag - I don't care what the nay sayers have to say. I think she'd be a quilter today, as well.

:-)

Norma said...

I am sure Betsy would have been a quilter too! What a wonderful post! Enjoy your nation's celebrations on the 4th!

Karen said...

Yes, she must have been crazy about fabric to try to run a business revolving on a product that was so hard to come by. What a clever post, I love it!

Littlepenpen said...

Love the post! Thanks for speaking up for Betsy Ross today!

sophie said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog.

These are great images for Independence Day. Who knows? Maybe Betsy Ross was a quilter.

Jane Ann said...

Fabulous and timely post, Vera. Thanks a lot for your thoughtfulness.

JudyL said...

Yep, I'm sure she would have been a quilter. Thanks for the nice pictures.

Libby said...

Three cheers for the red, white and blue . . . and Betsy Ross, too *s*

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I think she would have been a quilter and a blogger! Cute post!

Shelina said...

Happy Independence Day! I think there is always room for more than one quilter or sewer, the more the merrier. So if she wasn't the first, I'm sure she was in line somewhere. What nice pictures!

atet said...

Sigh. As one of the naysayers -- well, what can I say? The legend surrounding Mrs. Ross is sweet. So are many legends surrounding Americans in history (George Washington didn't chop down that cherry tree, Paul Revere's portion of the ride was only 6 miles -- the guy who went 100+ miles is little if at all known, etc.). They make good copy. They make people feel good about themselves. They also make bad history. This is problematic for me. I hope to teach high school history. So what do I teach? The feel good story of Mrs. Ross? Or what can be proven by reliable evidence (the only true evidence for the Ross flag story comes from her relatives -- nearly 100 years after the fact)?

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