What is your comment on this Myth?
Myth: Betsy Ross created the first American flag.
False, based on lack of evidence and official records.
Betsy Ross, seamstress in Pennsylvania was credited for many years for creating and designing the first American flag in 1776. The claim was made by her grandson William Canby in 1870 when he told the story to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The claim was also supported by Ross' other relatives. I'm not sure if it is still being taught in gradeschool that she made the first flag, but I remember learning about it when I was a child and they gave her credit then. It is possible that she did create the first flag, but there isn't any mention of it by George Washington or any official records to support William Canby's claim. Some historians believe that the design of the first flag was actually by Francis Hopkinson who was a delegate to the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence, and also designed seals for the government. (1)
There are a few reasons why she was given credit for the creation of the flag. But I think the main one is the fact that she was a seamstress and there is a record of her creating flags, so the thought that she created the first one doesn't seem like a far-fetched idea even with the lack of official record.
1: Schumm, Laura. "Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag?" History.com. July 2, 2014. Accessed April 2, 2018. https://www.history.com/news/ask-history/did-betsy-ross-really-make-the-first-american-flag
Schumm, Laura. "Did Betsy Ross Really Make the First American Flag?" History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2 July 2014, www.history.com/news/ask-history/did-betsy-ross-really-make-the-first-american-flag. Accessed April 2, 2018.
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