Betsy Ross: Patriot of Philadelphia

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In the spring of 1776, George Washington stopped at Betsy Ross's little upholstery shop and asked her to sew a flag— a flag that would unite the thirteen colonies in their fight for independence from Great Britain.

In Judith St. George's detailed account, Betsy Ross emerges as a strong and spirited woman. Her independent streak led her to marry outside her Quaker faith and served her well throughout her life: widowed three times and the mother ...

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Overview

In the spring of 1776, George Washington stopped at Betsy Ross's little upholstery shop and asked her to sew a flag— a flag that would unite the thirteen colonies in their fight for independence from Great Britain.

In Judith St. George's detailed account, Betsy Ross emerges as a strong and spirited woman. Her independent streak led her to marry outside her Quaker faith and served her well throughout her life: widowed three times and the mother of seven daughters, she maintained her own business for more than fifty years.

Here is the inspiring story of one of the courageous and self-reliant women who shaped American history: the "patriot of Philadelphia" who created the banner that helped unite the nation.

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"A well-crafted biography."—Booklist

"An attractive portrait of a woman living in Philadelphia during the pivotal decades at the end of the eighteenth century."—School Library Journal

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Gr 3-6St. George uses historical records to create a well-crafted biography for a slightly older audience than the readers of Alexandra Wallner's Betsy Ross (Holiday, 1994). Although the jacket art shows Ross stitching busily on the Stars and Stripes, and the exciting commission from George Washington is a highlight of the narrative, the author's note is careful to explain that there is room for doubt about who was truly responsible for the first American flag. Much more emphasis is placed on Ross within the context of her times: her family history among the Quakers of Philadelphia, her several marriages, her life as a businesswoman, and, most of all, her role as a Patriot during the Revolutionary War. Interesting details of daily life in 18th-century urban America figure into every chapter. Descriptions of Ross's busy upholstery shop are particularly lively and are frequently accompanied by Meret's appealing black-and-white illustrations. A bibiliography lists more than 20 primary and secondary sources about the subject and her world.Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805054392
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith St George's interest in American history began when she was a resident of the Longfellow House in Massachusetts— George Washington's headquarters during the first nine months of the American Revolution.

Judith St. George was a delegate at the first White House Conference on Library Informational Services. Her many titles include Dear Dr. Bell...Your Friend, Helen Keller and To See with the Heart: The Life of Sitting Bull.

The mother of four grown children, the author lives with her husband in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Sasha Meret studied fine art in Bucharest, Romania, and printmaking at Columbia University. He lives with his family in New York City.

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