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Betsy Ross and the making of America

by Marla R. Miller

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Published by Henry Holt in New York .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementMarla R. Miller
Classifications
LC ClassificationsE302.6.R77 M54 2010
The Physical Object
Pagination467 p., [8] p. of plates :
Number of Pages467
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24520423M
ISBN 100805082972
ISBN 109780805082975
LC Control Number2009035385
OCLC/WorldCa435711198

Upholsterers in colonial America not only worked on furniture but did all manner of sewing work, which for some included making flags. According to Betsy, General Washington showed her a rough design of the flag that included a six-pointed star. Betsy, a standout with the scissors, demonstrated how to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip. Normally when I review a book, I first read the book and write my review, then I read reviews written by other people. In the case of "Betsy Ross and the Making of America", my introduction to the book was via a review in the "New York Times Book Review" dated May 9, /5(5).

  John and Betsy Ross set up an upholstery business for themselves, first on Chestnut Street and afterwards moved to the little house on Arch street, which was a simple building when first occupied by them. It was built some time after , notwithstanding romantic stories to the contrary. The first room was utilized as a shop; the store front not having been added until about Betsy Ross, seamstress who, according to family stories, fashioned and helped design the first flag of the United States. Although the story is widely popular, there is no firm support for it. However, it is known that Ross made flags for the navy. Learn more about her life and work.

  National folk hero Betsy Ross is often described as a simple seamstress who rose to fame by creating the U.S. flag. But behind the legend is the compelling true story of . BETSY ROSS AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA. by Marla R. Miller. BUY NOW FROM GET WEEKLY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Email Address Subscribe Tweet. KIRKUS REVIEW. A full-length biography of an American icon.


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Betsy Ross and the making of America by Marla R. Miller Download PDF EPUB FB2

In the case of "Betsy Ross and the Making of America", my introduction to the book was via a review in the "New York Times Book Review" dated May 9, It was not a flattering review. The reviewer, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a professor at Harvard, accuses the author, Marla R.

Miller, a professor of American History at the University of /5(41). Betsy Ross and the Making of America is the first comprehensively researched and elegantly written biography of one of America's most captivating figures of the Revolutionary War.

Drawing on new sources and bringing a fresh, keen eye to the fabled creation of "the first flag," Marla R. Miller thoroughly reconstructs the life behind the legend/5(40). Normally when I review a book, I first read the book and write my review, then I read reviews written by other people.

In the case of Betsy Ross and the Making of America, my introduction to the book was via a review in the New York Times Book Review dated May 9, It was not a flattering review/5. "Marla Miller's Betsy Ross and the Making of America is a stupendous literary achievement.

It's not easy to accurately write about a real folk legend. Miller does so with historical accuracy, vivid descriptive language, and an encyclopedic knowledge of her : Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

Most historians dismiss the story about Betsy Ross making the first American flag. Yet despite a century of debunking, the legend ­endures. Across the country, schoolchildren still cut out five. A few years ago word seeped into the vexillological community (flag aficionados, to you civilians) that an expert on colonial America was writing a scholarly book on Betsy : Marc Leepson.

Get this from a library. Betsy Ross and the making of America. [Marla R Miller] -- Presents a portrait of the iconic Revolutionary War figure that draws on new sources to describe the fabled creation of the first flag while reconstructing her true life Betsy Ross and the making of America book her seamstress legend.

Betsy Ross and the Making of America is the first comprehensively researched and elegantly written biography of one of America's most captivating figures of the Revolutionary War.

Drawing on new sources and bringing a fresh, keen eye to the fabled creation of "the first flag," Marla R. Miller thoroughly reconstructs the life behind the legend.

Marla Miller talked about her book, Betsy Ross and the Making of America, in which she recounts the life of Betsy -fabled in American history, the author examines the flag seamstress’s.

Get this from a library. Betsy Ross and the making of America. [Marla R Miller] -- A richly woven biography of the beloved patriot Betsy Ross, her fabled creation of "the first flag," and an enthralling portrait of everyday life in Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Griscom Ross (January 1, – Janu ), née Griscom, also known by her second and third married names, Ashburn and Claypoole, was an American upholsterer who was credited by her relatives in with making the first American flag, accordingly known as the Betsy Ross most historians dismiss the story, Ross family tradition holds that General George Occupation: Seamstress.

Normally when I review a book, I first read the book and write my review, then I read reviews written by other people. In the case of "Betsy Ross and the Making of America", my introduction to the book was via a review in the "New York Times Book Review" dated May 9, It was not a flattering review/5(4).

Beyond the legend of the creation of the American flag, we know very little about the facts of Betsy Ross' life. Perhaps with one snip of her scissors she convinced the nation's future first president that five-pointed stars suited better than six.

Betsy Ross and the Making of America. by Marla R. Miller; Henry Holt. How can this be the first scholarly biography of Betsy Ross. Surely she is one of the most famous women of the American Revolution. Most of us still learn the legend that George Washington visited her Philadelphia shop and asked her to create a flag for the budding nation.

Although this story has long made Betsy Ross one of America’s most celebrated patriots, little had been known until now about the woman behind the flag. Drawing on new sources and bringing a fresh, keen eye to the fabled creator of "the first flag", Marla R.

Miller thoroughly reconstructs the. Yet until Henry Holt published Marla R. Miller’s “Betsy Ross and the Making of America” in April, there had not been an authoritative historical biography about the woman behind the flag.

Along the way, the book takes an in-depth look at life in Revolutionary Philadelphia, and the artisans who crafted homes, furniture, and clothing for. A richly woven biography of the beloved patriot Betsy Ross, and an enthralling portrait of everyday life in Revolutionary War-era PhiladelphiaBetsy Ross and the Making of America is the first comprehensively researched and elegantly written biography of one of America's most captivating figures of the Revolutionary War.

Drawing on new sources and bringing a fresh, keen eye to the fabled /5(6). Betsy Ross and the Making of America (Book): Miller, Marla R.: A richly woven biography of the beloved patriot Betsy Ross, her fabled creation of "the first flag," and an enthralling portrait of everyday life in Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia.

Adeline Schottel; December; Who Was: Betsy Ross; James Buckley Jr. Betsy Ross is mostly known for making the first American flag but what was her life like before then. Betsy Ross was born on January 1 to Samuel and Rebecca Griscom, their eighth child.

Betsy was born to a Quaker family, the girls wore long, dark dresses that had long sleeves.4/5. In “Betsy Ross and the Making of America,’’ Marla R. Miller, a historian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, takes a close look at the legendary yarn and finds little hard.

Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla R. Miller is fine. Not great. Not great. I understand the need to provide context and even ‘pad’ a book where there is little info about the subject, but giving the reader extensive details of a conversation between a married couple not related to the subject and 70 years before the subject’s.Betsy Ross and the Making of America audiobook, by Marla R.

Miller Legend has it that as the American colonies hurtled toward independence, representatives of the Continental Congress, including George Washington, walked into Betsy Ross’s Philadelphia upholstery shop and commissioned the first flag of the Revolutionary nation.

Although this story has long. An pamphlet enthusiastically not only credited Betsy Ross for designing the first U.S.

flag, but for coming up with the name "United States of America" and writing a hymn that was the basis.