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The thirteen-stripe, fifty-star flag is as familiar an American icon as any that has existed in the nation's history. It stirs something in the hearts of Americans like no other symbol. Yet the history of the flag, especially its origins, is cloaked in myth and misinformation. Flag: An American Biography rectifies that situation by presenting a lively, comprehensive, illuminating look at the history of the American flag from its beginnings to today.
Journalist, historian, and author of the highly acclaimed Saving Monticello, Marc Leepson uncovers scores of little-known facts as he traces the evolution of the American flag from the Colonial period to its prominent role as a symbol of American resolve in today's war against terrorism.
Flag sifts through the historical evidence to uncover - among many other things - the truth behind the Betsy Ross myth and to discover the true designer of the stars and stripes. The book also shines informing light on a string of colorful and influential Americans who shaped the history of the American flag.
Leepson presents fascinating portraits of the maker of the star-spangled banner, Mary Pickersgill; the author of the national anthem, Francis Scott Key; the coiner of the phrase "Old Glory," U.S. Navy Capt. Samuel Driver; the first officer killed in the Civil War, Union Col. Elmer Ellsworth, who died defending the flag; the first African-American Medal of Honor recipient, William Carney, who carried the flag and led troops through a viciously bloody Civil War battle; the creator of Flag Day, Wisconsin schoolteacher B. J. Cigrand; the father of the pledge of allegiance, Francis Bellamy; and Joe Rosenthal, the AP photographer who took the most reproduced image of the twentieth century, the marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima.
The American flag was seen as a symbol of a "divine plan" for the American ideal during the Civil War; as a symbol of the nation's historical heritage at the 1876 centennial celebrations; as a symbol conveying respect for the government and our social institutions-the so-called cult of the flag-in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. During the Vietnam War, the flag was a divisive emblem in a bitterly divided nation. In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, the flag became an instant and widely used symbol of a nation united against terrorism.
"Flag," as the novelist Nelson DeMille says in his foreword, "is not a book with an agenda or a subjective point of view. It is an objective history of the American flag, well researched, well presented, easy to read and understand, and very informative and entertaining."
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|2||The Birth of a Symbol||21|
|3||Mother of Invention||37|
|5||Our Flag Was Still There||59|
|6||Additions and a Subtraction||77|
|7||A House Divided Against Itself||91|
|9||A Band of Brothers||125|
|10||The Hundredth Anniversary||135|
|11||The Golden Age of Fraternity||143|
|12||One Nation Indivisible||163|
|13||The Great War||177|
|14||One Hundred Percent Americanism||193|
|15||United We Stand||205|
|16||The Cold War||219|
|17||The Generation Gap||227|
|18||United We Stand Again||245|
|Appendix||Stars and States||267|
Posted March 8, 2013
Posted March 8, 2013
Posted December 6, 2005
For all those who Love this country as much as I do, this book is for you! Learned a lot of things that I didn't learn in school. Patriots and history buffs will really enjoy this book. God bless America!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2005
This is a terrific read, crammed with information, and with fascinating facts, covering the entire history of the American flag. Plus, it's done objectively, although there is some excellent analysis. I learned an awful lot about the development of the flag and the evolving cultural meaning of the Stars and Stripes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.