Saturday, October 4, 2014
Scholastic Scope Flag Error: September 2014 Issue
In the September issue of Scope - Scholastic 2014 issue there is a small mistake. The article entitled the Rockets Red Glare, The incredible story of the "Star-Spangled Banner" uses the wrong flag in its illustration of the Star-Spangled Banner.
The flag depicted is the Union Fort Sumpter flag from the start of the US Civil War from 1861. Since this article is focused on the inspirational Star-Spangled Banner it needs a correction. The article is written as an educational play. However it completely misses the unique design of this most historic of US flags that had 15 stars and 15 stripes which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The flag illustrated in the article has 13 stripes and 33 stars. Oops!