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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So, the American flag is in flux. This is after the revolutionary war, and George Washington is president. Congress still hasn’t specified the details of how the American flag should look. How did we get there?
In 1792, the U.S adopted two new states, Vermont and Kentucky. This, of course, posed some problems for flag design.
How did the new flag change and adapt to show the inclusion of two new states? There were 13 stripes and 13 stars, so which, if not both, had to become 15?
Congress met and wrote the 2nd of the 3 aforementioned Flag Acts. In this second Flag Act, Congress determined that each time a new state is added, the flag shall gain one stripe and one star. They must not have known how big this country is going to be.
So, a new flag was made. This flag design was called the Star Spangled Banner, and it is the design that flew over Fort McKinley. This is the flag Francis Scott Key saw as he penned our national anthem.
After the war of 1812, we started adding states. Things got crowded. Learn how Congress solved this in part 8.