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No. 8

  Myths in American History
Primary Source
Betsy Ross, 1777
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, cJuly 1932.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
The story of Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag originated with her grandson around 1870. More
Teaching Strategy
In this lesson, students analyze three common myths about early America and create a foldable showing the historical events upon which they are based, the values they espouse, and the relationship between reality and the ideal represented by the myth. More
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"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."

John F. Kennedy

Yale University Commencement (June 11, 1962).


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