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by Marla R. Miller
A richly-woven life of a patriot and a portrait of Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia, Miller's biography seeks to dispell the many apocryphal myths that have grown up around the flag's creation. In her telling, Ross was a gifted craftswoman who lived "only a handshake away" from the Founding Fathers, one of the many ordinary men and woman whose industry was invaluable to helping American win independence. She may not have copied a design handed to her by George Washington (though the Washington family coat of arms appears to have inspired the stars and stripes motif), but Miller credits Ross with replacing the six-pointed star with its now- iconic five-pointed representation --- and with playing a part nurturing the nation through its infancy.
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