The U.S. Flag Part 4: Flag Acts and Contracts
The month of September is here, and we’ve been prepping for a huge month of content. This month, we want to take a deep-dive into the history of the American flag. We’ve focused on the flag before in our Flags of the World series. Today and for the rest of the month, we’re going even deeper. We’ll take a look at all the flag variations as individual flags. This is more of a history lesson than a flag talk. We hope to see you soon for the next installments of this 10-part mega series.
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We’ve talked about the Continental Army flag and Washington’s Headquarters flag. These are the two flags that were put together to make the earliest forms of the American flag.
On June 14th of 1777, Congress passed the first of 3 Flag Acts. These acts sought to outline the specifics of the new American flag but were somewhat vague. These acts didn’t provide enough details to create uniformity across all the flags being made.
Now keep in mind, mass production and industrialization had not yet happened. There were not hundreds of flags being pumped out of factories. Each flag was its own creation. When a flag was needed, often a sailmaker or a seamstress was commissioned to make the flag. So, it’s natural that each flag would be a bit different.
This is where the legend of Betsy Ross comes from. Check out part 5 to learn the myth of Betsy Ross.