Levers by Katie Marsico,Reginald Butler

By Katie Marsico,Reginald Butler

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When women got the vote in 1920, suffragists brought the Justice Bell to Independence Hall. They untied the clapper and rang the bell. Today the Justice Bell is at Valley Forge National Park. Suffragists with the Justice Bell as they worked to gain for women the right to vote. independence. It did not happen, though. The wood in the bell tower was very rotten in 1776. It is believed that it would have been too dangerous to ring that bell. But in the 1800s, people believed this legend, and it made the bell into a popular symbol of American freedom.

The men showed her a design for a flag and asked her to make it. She suggested they change the star from one with six points to one with five points. Then she promised to try to make what they wanted. There are no written records to prove she made this first flag. But whether her story is true or not, it has become an American legend. In this painting, Betsy Ross (right) explains how she made her flag. George Washington is seated on the left. indd 41 8/10/09 8:55 PM H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H INDEPENDENCE HALL H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H HH H The Liberty Medal The National Constitution Center awards the Liberty Medal every year to a person or organization that is working for freedom and to improve people’s lives.

Suffragists were women who were working to get the vote. When Vice President Henry Wilson finished speaking on July 4, 1876, five suffragists handed him a paper about giving women the vote. Then they left, and on a nearby street, they read it aloud. ” A Place to Honor the Past The Assembly Room, or Hall of Independence, was redecorated several times. In 1876, when it was redone, it looked much fancier than it had been in 1776. For a while the National Museum was in the building. This museum displayed things that people had saved from the time of the American Revolution.

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