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Human Actuality Elizabeth Griscom Ross My great aunt Elizabeth Griscom Ross Betsy Ross is an American icon who despite historical discounts to truism is adopted by each generation as the seamstress of the first American flag Her story and life strike a chord deep in the heart of America The controversies that surround this matronly icon do not sway America from recognizing her as a symbol of freedom and patriotism To fully understand the admiration America feels for Betsy one must first explore her life and legend According to Tom Huntington Betsy Ross was merely a Philadelphia woman who was working and trying to get on in life America shares a closeness with this working class woman Which were not all to common during the 1700sSchouler She lived a life that is easily embraced by America because it is so familiar The working class of this nation can relate to the hardships of her childhood successes in her hard work and losses of her loved ones Betsy Ross is not a legend to Americans--she is the mother of our great nation Fow 11 Born a Quaker in Philadelphia 1752 Elizabeth Griscom grew up in a household where plain dress and strict discipline dominated her life however Betsy was not plain at all She was described as having had expressive blue eyes delicate features and a lively disposition At a young age she developed a natural ability to sew and perform needlework After she graduated from secondary school she became an apprentice at an upholstery shop Her remarkable skills attracted a large clientele including General George Washington She embroidered his shirt ruffles and did many other things for him even before he received command of the army stated William Canby the grandson of Betsy Ross Furlong 116 On November 4 1773 Betsy married fellow apprentice John Ross Tax records indicate that sometime before March 1775 Betsy and John opened their own small upholstery shop inside their
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