The U.S. Flag Part 6: A Disjointed Union
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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Like we mentioned earlier, Congress was passing multiple Flag Acts during the revolutionary period. These acts were supposed to show, in detail, how the U.S flag was supposed to be designed and displayed.
Annnnd, like we mentioned before, these acts did not do that so well.
The result was several different versions of the flag. The Flag Acts did not specify if the stripes had to be horizontal or vertical, nor did the specify where the blue field of white stars needed to be. So now we’re stuck with several versions of the flag, all of them getting closer and closer to the one we know today, many of which were simply left up to the discretion of the flag maker.
Flag design hung in limbo for several years. Some designs actually had the blue field and stripes in the opposite places as we have them now.
So what changed? How did we find uniformity in the flag? Check out part 7 for more.