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Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag Hardcover – May 9, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Over the last 224 years, the Stars and Stripes has been through endless permutations and representations. Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag presents 500 color illustrations of Old Glory, depicted on pencils, fans, Christmas ornaments, penknives, compacts, belt buckles and in modern art. Kit Hinrichs's 3,000-piece flag collection, photographed here by Terry Heffernan, forms the basis of the book (written with Delphine Hirasuna) and includes Hinrichs's great-great-great-aunt's 1865 banner. The introduction by Museum of American Folk Art director Gerard Wertkin provides historical context (Why do flags adorn public schools? When did the practice of a stripe for each state become unwieldy?) for the mesmerizing graphics.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The American Flag consists of color photographs of flags flying at various places in the United States. Although it is nice to peruse, the photographs are not documented in any way, and packaging a polyester 3' x 5' flag with the book adds to its gimmicky feel. Long May She Wave is recommended for public libraries and should appeal to flag enthusiasts, historians, and collectors. The American Flag Book and Gift Set is not recommended for library purchase. Jennifer Mayer, Univ. of Wyoming Libs., Laramie
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082402
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.2 x 14.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Kit Hinrichs has done Americans a great favor by both collecting and sharing with the world his remarkable flag-based memorabilia. Nothing will get and keep you in the mood of the Fourth of July quite like this book. The book displays on huge color pages more varieties of the flag, and flag-incorporating designs than you would normally see in a lifetime. The remarkable artifacts are framed by an interesting essay about the American flag's origins and a colorful chronological history of the flag. The book also serves as an indirect source of perspective on American culture, by looking at how we employ symbols.
The American flag developed into a national symbol fairly slowly. The Continental Congress did not get around to legislating what it was to look like until 1777. Even then, the description was pretty loose so designs varied a lot. The original purpose was to help ships tell friend from foe. The book also places doubts about the role of Betsy Ross in making the first flag. So you will probably learn a lot here. Did you know that the pledge of allegiance was not made official until 1942?
The flag is displayed here in celebrations, commerce, art, folk art, Native American art, toys, politics, political protests, and war. The most moving examples to me are the battle flags from the Civil War. A family heirloom flag from that war helped Mr. Hinrichs become interested in collecting.
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By A Customer on September 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled on this title when it appeared as the centerpiece to a local store display of flag books that went up in the wake of September 11th. The stunning production and the breadth of material represented provide a truly unique insight into the power of the American flag as a symbol (of freedom, to be sure, but also as a symbol of revolution, grief, and pride). If you want the full impact of the flag's place in our history, as a graphic element that appears in everything from memorials to toys to pop art to protest banners (and more), this is the book. The text is limited but insightful, just enough to complement the tremendous variety of objects from the author's personal collection. I never failed to find new wonders on each page (including manifestations of the flag I would never have imagined), and in sum the book also amounts to a testament to American ingenuity. There's nothing else like it.
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By A Customer on November 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is fascinating. It is one you can pick up and browse a bit and become lost in the art and imagery of an icon that is so familiar we rarely take a good look at it. By sharing his collection with us, Mr. Hinrichs takes us beyond the simple stars and stripes to a visual history of our country.
Anyone familiar with graphic design should recognize Mr. Hinrichs' work. The overall presentation of the piece is incredible. I call it "the true coffee table book" because I think it is one can be opened and looked at and enjoyed a few pages at a time, and isn't that the purpose of a coffee table book?
The timing of the work is fascinating. Although initially published this spring, it is extremely appropriate for the new wave of patriotism that has swept this country since the tragic events in September.
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Format: Hardcover
With the 9/11 display at the local history center, I took pictures of the tattered flag and other quilts and such there and at the Dogwood Festival quilt shows. Always, the flag is a major item in the photography exhibit.

In Tennessee, we've had some stubborn retaliations about the original flag. According to this book, the first flag was the one used in the Civil War (which the KKK) adopted, the Confederate fighting flag. I had read and related how Betsy Ross had not designed the American Stars and Stripes but merely sewed it for her friend, George Washington. It seems that many primary school teachers were instructing the young minds that Betsy Ross had indeed made it from her own design. She used her own material, true, as she was a seamstress and used what she had on hand with this request for a national flag with no preparation.

Thank God for the South being first again! Even after the American Revolution in which we were granted our freedom from the British, we continued to use the (red,white&blue) color combination (Spain has yellow and red) as no one was in a hurry to be original. They came up with something in 1777, a year after the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

A nearby high school has had their Rebel flag taken from them after all of the heritage and history of the school. In Nashville, a crude silver & gold statute of Nathan Bedford Forrest, as designed and welded by a local attorney, was installed out by I65 with several Rebel flags in a semi-circle. Much was made of this desecreation to a united nation, and they were told to remove them promptly. Years later, they are still in place where they can be seen by all of the travelers going South of Nashville and the locals as they use the Interstate to work.

A flag is a flag is a flag.
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