Communications 2000

Assignment #11 - Tracking Down Answers #2
Assigned: Friday, January 14, 2000
Due: Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Question of the week: Betsy Ross created the 1st U.S. flag.  True or False?

There is historical evidence that, despite "common knowledge", the correct answer to this question is false. Your job this week is to try to find out what one piece of that evidence might be. To do so, you are to search up to 3 separate reference works, each a different one of the types with which we have been working (almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia and Internet search engine). Use more than three if you want, fewer if you find what you are looking for before you’ve reached three.

For purposes of this assignment, I’ll accept as evidence anything that indicates to a thoughtful person that someone other than Betsy Ross created the first U.S. flag. You must be prepared to explain to me why the evidence you’ve found meets this test if I ask you to do so. If you are unable to find evidence that Betsy Ross did not create the flag, then the evidence you quote below must indicate that she did.

On a separate sheet of paper headed with your name, the class name, the due date and the assignment number, complete the following.

  1. Did the evidence you found indicate that the answer to this week’s question is true or false? 
  2. If your answer to #1 is false, write out the following for the reference that indicates it to be false. If you only found evidence that Betsy Ross created the first flag, write out the following for each of the three references you searched. In the latter case, label each set Reference #1, Reference #2 or Reference #3.
  1. Quote the evidence you found in this source.
  2. Using the correct format from the sample citation sheet that I gave you last week, write out a citation for the reference in which you found this evidence.

    If you found this evidence without using an internet search engine:

  1. Did you use the index, table of contents or electronic find box (digital references only) to find this evidence?
  2. Write out exactly what you searched for in the index, table of contents, or electronic search box?
  1. Proofread your work for legibility, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, clarity and complete sentences. Submit only final drafts. I do not want to see rough drafts. If the work you submit looks like a rough draft (even a corrected one), I’ll lower your grade.

To see the evidence I found, click here.