Lesson 4: The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Issues …
The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson and the Growth of ..
The American flag was originally the British Union Jack with white stripes added. The American flag was created solely because ships needed to carry a flag. Adopting a flag was a trifling formality for the Founding Fathers. No flags flew in the early days of the American republic, and even the Founding Fathers were not sure what it looked like. A year after the American flag was adopted, a letter to the king of Naples, signed by Ben Franklin and John Adams, informed the king that the American flag "consists of thirteen stripes, alternately red, white and blue." In 1794, a bill was introduced to add two stars to the flag, because Vermont and Kentucky were admitted to the union. Congressmen objected that their important time was being wasted by such a trivial matter, and the bill was quickly adopted “as the quickest way of terminating” discussion of it. The Betsy Ross “stitching-the-flag” story is a fabrication, concocted by her grandson. There are no contemporary depictions of the American flag in American Revolution artwork. Francis Scott Key, who wrote the poem that was wedded to a drinking song to become the national anthem, thought that the USA had begun the War of 1812 and deserved to lose it.
The Presidency of Andrew Jackson
Custer deserted his post earlier in his career, but his Civil War reputation got him lenient treatment, and he was merely suspended from duty for a year. Custer nearly did not make it to the Great Plains that summer to mount his presidential campaign. Grant knew of Custer’s ambition and tried clipping his wings, but Custer did some maneuvering, pulled some strings, and got into position to kill Indians that summer.