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Betsy Ross and the Making of America

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National folk hero Betsy Ross, often described as a simple seamstress who rose to fame by creating our most recognizable national symbol, has long captivated the American imagination. But behind the legend is the compelling true story of an accomplished colonial artisan, a furniture upholsterer woven into a thriving colonial economy. Marla Miller, Associate Professor and Director of the Public History Program at UMass Amherst, and acclaimed author of emBetsy Ross and the Making of Americaem, stitches together the incredible story of this accomplished woman and explores why we as a nation cannot reconcile her true role in our historical imaginationmoreless
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