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Formalizing the United States flag as new states join the Union...



Item # 548749

April 25, 1818

NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, April 25, 1818 

* Design of the United States flag

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the19th century. As noted in Wikipedia:
"Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Actually a very historic issue, as an inside page has a nice article headed: "Flag of the United States" which references the recent Act of congress which provides that: "...from & after the fourth day of July next the flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white, and that the union shall be twenty stars, white in a blue field. The same act also provides that on the admission of every new state into the union, one star shall be added to the union of the flag..." with more (see photos below). A very historic issue standardizing how the flag would be changed with each new state. But this policy would be amended again in 1912.

Among other items in this issue are:

*  "Revolutionary Matters" being letters from John Adams.
*  "Banking--General Remarks"
*  "Congress" which takes 5 pages
*  "Official List of Acts" of Congress passed during the recent session of Congress, numbering 130.
*  "Constitution of the United States" being an article concerning it.

This newspaper is 9 1/2 x 6 inches with 16 pages and is in nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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