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Transcript of American Symbols
Created by: Des Smith
Content Standard 1: The student will analyze his/her role as a citizen in a community.
3. Identify important American symbols and explain their meanings including United States Flag, the Bald Eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell.
The United States Flag
In May of 1776, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.
On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."
This date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America.
It symbolizes national independence and popular sovereignty.
Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
The Bald Eagle
The American Bald Eagle was adopted as the official bird emblem of the United States of America in 1782.
The bald eagle was chosen because of it's majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it's native to North America.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, given to America in 1886 to celebrate America's first 100 years as a nation.
The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.
The Statue of Liberty Continued
She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).
The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty
The Liberty Bell
The 2,000-pound Liberty Bell rang when the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell summoned citizens of Philadelphia for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The Liberty Bell was also rung previously to announce the opening of the First Continental Congress in 1774 and after the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775.
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Photo Creds: Google images
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