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Heavens to Betsy

Finally, to close out the 4th of July weekend, Slate gives us the lowdown on the actual Betsy Ross — not the whitewashed demure seamstress we studied in school, but the canny capitalist mom who became an important early defense contractor for the nation. Why are the stars on our flag five-pointed? George Washington wanted six — but Ross showed her that a five-pointed star could be more easily mass-produced.

One Response to “Heavens to Betsy”

  1. Joe Says:

    More proof that the ‘experiment’ of America is spurred on by random happenstance. Read ‘Annexation’ by John O’Sullivan 1845, it’s an amazing period document. O’Sullivan today would be blogging, he needed his own ‘magazine’ to get his stories published.

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