Betsy Ross and the Making of America
A richly woven biography of the beloved patriot Betsy Ross, and an enthralling portrait of everyday life in Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia
Betsy Ross and the Making of America is the first comprehensively researched and elegantly written biography of one of America's most captivating figures of the Revolutionary War. Drawing on new sources and bringing a fresh, keen e...more
One thing I liked was that it gave tremendous detail to the intricate lives of Betsy and her family and friends. The author successfully created the environment for us and made it possible to visualize a time that we didn't experience first hand. At times I became annoyed ...more
So, what did I like about this book? Well, it gave a context for Betsy Ross's life for me. She was quite the survivor, and businesswoman--not just someone who may or may not have sewn the first U.S. flag. I had thought (if I'd thought at all about it) she was some genteel wife of an officer in the army, not a woman running a successful business. I like reading history about daily life, and realize I ...more
But in "Betsy Ross and the Making of America," the first full-length biography of this beloved figure from the Revolutionary era, University of Massachusetts, Amherst professor Marla R. Miller shows that Ross' role in creating the original Stars and Stripes, a story ha ...more
I'm sort of glad and proud I stuck it out. The book is dense and insanely detailed -- it reads much more like a textbook than a narrative. This is compounded by the fact that women's history is so diaphanous and impermane ...more
Fact or Myth: Betsy Ross improved George Washington's 6-point star design for the United States flag?
Marla Miller dives deep into the historical record to uncover the myths and realities of Betsy Ross.
The tales that we remember about Ross and her contributions to the founding of the United States come largely from the memories of a daughter and grandchildren. Miller uses these recollections as the basis for her inquiry into the ...more
Marissa Lingen raves: "Marla R. Miller, Betsy Ross and the Making of America. This book was probably the big discovery of the fortnight. I’m going around raving about it to everyone. I expected very little of it. It was one of those things that made my library list on the “huh, ...more
The problem is that Betsy Ross's life is for the most part vaguely documented and there isn't that much to tell for a lot of it. So most of the book is about Betsy Ross's world, and there is endless stuff about the history of the upholstery trade, the Society of Friends, political history. Between that and the fact that there are dozens of people named either Elizabeth or Rebecca, this is ...more
Since no good evidence exists regarding betsy's making of the flag, the author instead gives us an American history lesson about events leading up to the Revolutionary War, about Betsy's family history, about period upholstery, and many other things, none of which give us a life story of betsy ross. Perhaps no biographies of her exist because we dont have enough info to write one!
The book was enjoyable for a history lesson & perspective into life in phila ...more
Excellent book and one I will keep for reference.