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Marc Leepson


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I can answer questions about nearly every aspect of the American flag, especially its history. I cannot answer questions about other flags, such as state flags and the flags of other nations.

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I am the author of the book Flag: An American Biography, the history of the Stars and Stripes from the beginnings to today. (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2005).


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Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune. Magazines: Smithsonian, Preservation, Civil War Times, The VVA Veteran, Vietnam, World War II, Military History


BA, History, George Washington University, 1967 MA, European History, George Washington, University, 1971

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Vietnam Veterans of America

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2016-10-21 large 45-star Amerian Flag:

The 45-star flag was official beginning on July 4, 1897, following Utah's admission into the Union as the 45th state, until July 4, 1908, after Oklahoma became the 46th. The stars are added on the July

2016-07-30 American Flag:

Although I'm not an expert in the value of old flags, 48-star flags are very common, and unless there is something significant about the particular flag, I don't believe it has any special value. I could

2016-02-21 us flag flown over capitol:

I am not an expert on the value of old flags. However, I know that when he was in the Senate, Vice President Biden's office distributed many, many flags of that type. It's something every member of Congress

2014-10-28 48 gold stars world war 2 flag:

I never read of any gold-star flags such as the two you describe during my research for my book, Flag: An American Biography.     I just did a bit of checking and found there was something called a "War

2013-11-10 World War One burial flag:

I have not heard of such a flag. However, I believe it's entirely possible that it was a gift from the French government.     I am not aware of an organization called the Daughters of the French Revolution


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