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Deciding how we change the United States flag...

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January 11, 1817

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 11, 1817  The most notable report is the article headed: "Flag of the United States" which is a full column report on altering it, portions including: "...The original flag of the United States was composed of 13 stripes & 13 stars...On the 13th of Jan. 1794 after two new states had been admitted into the union, the national legislature passed an act that the stripes & stars shall on a day fixed be increased to fifteen each...the certain prospect that at no distant period the number of states will be considerably multiplied...the number of stripes...must be limited in its size...to reduce the stripes to the original thirteen...and to increase the stars to correspond with the number of states now in the union--and hereafter to add one star to the flag whenever a new state shall be fully admitted..." with more (see).  A very significant report which defines the flag alteration procedure to this day.
Complete in 16 pages, 6 by 10 inches, good condition.

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."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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