"Now and Forever, One and Inseperable"

In recognition of Flag Day, I wanted to share this Civil War era version of the "Star Spangled Banner" that I encountered during a recent visit to Knoxville at the East Tennessee History Center...

The motto embroidered on the white bars of the flag reads "Liberty and Union. Now and Forever, One and Inseperable," [sic] a quote taken from the words of Daniel Webster, who in 1830 argued against the proposed doctrine of nullification. Thirty-one years later, Webster's own words were raised in defense of the Union against the slave-holding states of the South, which had sought to separate themselves from the United States, first through nullification, and then through Civil War. [Author's photo]

Gordon Belt is the Director of Public Services for the Tennessee State Library & Archives, and past president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists. On The Posterity Project, Gordon offers reflections on archives, public history, and memory from his home state of Tennessee. His book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory.

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