Today is Flag Day.
Here is a link to a 10 minute video created in 1938 that, according to the website:
Follows the evolution of the flag of the United States from the colonial flags to the stars and stripes of today. Shows by animation the development of the western territories into the present states and how this development effected changes in the flag.
I can’t say much about the film’s historical accuracy. But it has a few homeland security harbingers: a justification for protecting critical transportation infrastructure against attacks (by people who thought they owned the land), and a boast that we didn’t need to protect out borders.
(I think I saw this film in 9th grade, shortly after my classroom got electricity. Kasia Cieplak-Mayr Von Baldegg’s work reminded me of the film.)
President Wilson signed the Flag Day authorization in 1916, when the flag looked like this:
“All hail the flag of the United States of America,” says the narrator as the film come to its end.