Betsy Ross Speech

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Even though Betsy Ross is best known for creating and sewing the American flag, this has never been officially proven. However, there is a great amount of evidence that she was very influential in the making of the flag. These words by her say it all, “Our hearts aching, our prayers praying, our flags waving, never forget.”1 Elizabeth Griscom, also known as Betsy Ross was born on January 1, 1752 in Philadelphia to her loving parents Rebecca and Samuel Griscom. She was the eighth child out of seventeen.2 The same year she was born was the year the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia. Her father had the honor to assist in building the tower that surrounded the bell where it was placed. Her parents were part of the Quaker religion, also known as the Society of Friends, which left Betsy living differently than the colonist. With the determined Quaker religion, she was not allowed to attend plays or read storybooks because it promoted a world of fantasy rather than the story of the Bible. The Quakers also forbid music within their culture because it provided no movement to the people and developed corrupt thoughts within an individual.3 During this time period many families were fairly large, but a majority of the children often died from diseases at a very young age. In Betsy’s family only nine of the children survived to be adults. Every Sunday and Thursday the Quakers would attend a church service that lasted two hours long. The men and women sat facing each other, while

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