The U.S. Flag Part 8: It’s Getting Crowded

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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The War of 1812 is over, and America is adding more states. The second Flag Act mandated that the flag add one star and one stripe for every new state.

It got tight.

The rapid gain of stripes and stars prompted the 3rd and final Flag Act, which stated the flag go back to its original design—13 stripes, and only add a new star for each new state.

Still, the final Flag Act did not specify the formation or design (5 point vs 6 point) of the stars in the canton. If you look back to this time period, you’ll see a huge swath of canton variations. Some looked fairly standard, some featured stars in concentric or singular circles, and a few even put stars in a star pattern.

Someone had to step in and bring some uniformity. Our hero is unlikely. Check out part 9 to see who saves the day.

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