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Why the Turkey Didn’t Fly

The Surprising Stories Behind the Eagle, the Flag, Uncle Sam, and Other Images of America

Why did the eagle become our national symbol (even though Ben Franklin preferred the turkey)? How did Gilbert Stuart’s image of George Washington end up on the dollar bill? Did Betsy Ross really have anything to do with the Stars and Stripes? Here are the stories behind America’s most enduring images.

94 pages | 7 3/4 x 9 1/4

History: American History


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Table of Contents

Preface • Declarations • Dollar Bills • Eagles and Turkeys • Fifes and Drums • Kites and Caps • Lady Liberties • Liberty Bells • Liberty Trees • Massacres • Pyramids and Eyes • Snakes • Stars and Stripes • Uncles Sams • Washington’s Crossings • Yankee Doodles and Brother Jonathans • Notes and Quotes • Bibliography • Index

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