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Unknown [Twenty Star American "Abolitionist Flag"]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05762 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: circa 1859 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Large American cotton flag with only 20 stars. Fragile. The flag consists of 9 alternating red or white cloth strips sewn together with 20 somewhat irregular stars. The blue field is mottled and the flag has staining. The flag is identified as an "Abolitionist Flag" because it drops the slave states from the star field. (Measurements are approximate.) Discovered in Andover, Ohio, and may have been made there. Thought to show support for abolitionists like Brown.

People: Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: John Brown, Abolition, American Flag, Slavery, African American History, Reform Movement

Sub Era: Age of Jackson Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's