The American flag, or the Star Spangled Banner, is very different from most of the flags of our former first-world colonies. Unlike them, it doesn’t feature the Union Jack, but once upon a time before the inception of this edition of the flag things use to be that way.
Thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red and white mix together to represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. The fifty stars are the fifty states of United States of America, and the first flag with its Union Jack insignia and stripes, was carved out of hemp.
There was a controversy that the first edition of this new flag was designed by Betsey Ross, but that controversy turned out to be incorrect because the origins of the flags lies in the American Revolution. The Revolution is what made America independent from Great Britain, following eighteen years of war.
Rebel colonies from the thirteen American colonies did not accept British sovereignity, and political turmoil took place that founded the United States of America. American colonial society was in great rivalry with the English aristocracy in the land, so in 1765, they suddenly no longer warmed to the idea of paying tax.
Patriots protested against the British Crown, and many of them hailed from the Boston Tea Party, and other states further than Massachusetts. The loyalists, however, continued working diligently in support of the British Crown staying put in America. The Patriots fought the British, the American loyalists and civil war broke out because they began to suppress control of both trains of thoughts, coming from these two groups.
Strong fighting for so many years must have taken their toll on the Congress, so factions of it together declared the colonies independent – they began to look at all this fighting as prejudice towards Englishmen, their train of thoughts and perceived King George III’s rule as autocratic. This is because the Patriots had conceived this idea that all classes must be treated equally, and that monarchy and aristocracy cannot be accepted.
The Congress did not accept proposals that suggested a compromise, despite the British losing Boston, winning New York City, capturing numerous cities, they made ports inaccessible to anyone in the mood for resisting against the British Empire and almost captured the Patriots.
The British almost won the the war, but it had no allies, apart from it’s colony, Canada. United States seeked out refuge in France, Netherlands and Spain, and together they defeated the British, which compelled them to make all of the states independent. Great Britain then began concentrating on it’s colony, Canada, while Spain took control of the state of Florida.
Loyalists, meanwhile, had to endure extreme violence and constant suppressive behaviour from the Patriots, post-independence, despite their previous promise, they would do no such thing, and that their rights would be upheld after the British packed their bags and left for Canada. Many of them immigrated to Canada, as a result, and had to part with their farm lands, to seek support, a home and earn a living.
Today, America isn’t as traditional, as it once used to be, upon first glance, because republicanism and democratic values have formed a good proportion of the political idealogies that is hotly debated today. But perhaps, none of it can compare to how lands, constantly, fight wars because they do not believe in the class system or the monarchy.