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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marla R. Miller Narrator: Dana Green Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 eye to the fabled creation of "the first flag," Marla R. Miller thoroughly reconstructs the life behind the legend. This authoritative work provides a close look at the famous seamstress while shedding new light on the lives of the artisan families who peopled the young nation and crafted its tools, ships, and homes.

Betsy Ross occupies a sacred place in the American consciousness, and Miller's winning narrative finally does her justice. This history of the ordinary craftspeople of the Revolutionary War and their most famous representative will be the definitive volume for years to come.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chrissie | 2/18/2014

    " I read a glowing review of this somewhere (Jezebel, perhaps), selling it as the TRUE story of Betsy Ross. I just couldn't get into it. The author gets sidetracked on all kinds of tangents about Philadelphia and how people were related. I wanted to like it, but the writing was just too scattered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sherry | 12/16/2013

    " At first this book was a bit tedious because of all the names and details involved. As it progressed I admit I skimmed it sometimes, but it is an inspiring story of Betsy Ross, not just a flag maker but a wonderful example of a thinking, productive, ambitious woman, wife and mother. She was a plucky survivor who contributed much in a day by day effort to keep her country and family forging ahead. There is interesting detail of Philadelphia as an emerging city and the craftsmen who began it, the part the cities patriots played in the forging of our nation and details of daily life in the late 1700's and early 1880's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 12/9/2013

    " for all you history geeks out there, you have to read this one. surprisingly, it turned out to be a rather quick and fascinating read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Claudia | 6/26/2013

    " In some parts I skimmed but I did enjoy the scope of the material. Most of the reviews summarize it very well. It was more than ok - but I wouldn't read it again as a novel, more as an excellent source for understanding Philly at the time of the Revolution. "

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