Flags of the Fifty States is an indispensable historical reference and a fascinating, beautiful pictorial guide to the rich history and diversity of our fifty states.
The powerful stories behind the creation of our state flags reveal a great deal. The forces that came to bear on what was ultimately chosen to become a
territory's emblem provide clear and vivid lessons about the politics, geography, economics, and conflicts of an era -- and how they related to the growing
United States as well. This book provides beautiful, full-color reproductions of each flag, a thorough account of how and why each flag was designed, what
the various symbols and figures in the flags mean, and how each flag evolved. This wonderful book is peppered throughout with interesting facts and sidebars,
with answers to such questions as why Alaska is represented by the Big Dipper, what significance the diamond has in the flag of Arkansas, how the palmetto
tree came to appear on South Carolina's flag, which state features the Union Jack on its flag, and what impact the Civil War had on designs of the state flags
of the South.