Monday, September 14, 2009

Today in History: Birth of an Anthem

Kenneth C. Davis gives students the hidden history behind our national anthem.

It was September 13, 1814, American was at war with England for the second time since 1776. Francis Scott Key was an attorney attempting to negotiate the return of a civilian prisoner held by the British who had just burned Washington DC and had set their sights on Baltimore. As the British attacked the city, Key watched the naval bombardment from a ship in Baltimore’s harbor. In the morning, he could see that the Stars and Stripes still flew over Fort McHenry.

But here’s what they didn’t tell you. . .

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