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Ruth Shumate
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The intention of this guide is to assist in the study and understanding of the events, people, history and timelines that make up our United States History.

Image:  American Flag and Eagle

"Eagle and American Flag by Bubbels" by Pam Roth (Bubbels on is licensed under CC BY 2.5

National Flag

  • "Between 1777 and 1960 Congress passed several acts that changed the shape, design and arrangement of the flag and allowed stars and stripes to be added to reflect the admission of each new state.
  • Today the flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and 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."

National Bird

  • "The American bald eagle was adopted as the national bird symbol of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it's native to North America."