Star Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem by Lonn TaylorThe very flag that Francis Scott Key saw still flying over Fort McHenry in 1814, inspiring him to write the poem that became the national anthem of the United States, is on display at the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In this splendid history, Lonn Taylor recounts the story of the Star-Spangled Banner and describes the restoration project now underway to ensure the continued preservation of this honored symbol of American patriotism.With the restoration project continuing to enjoy media attention as a featured part of Hillary Rodham Clintons campaign to save Americas treasures, this celebration of the beloved flag -- and the feelings of pride it stirs in the hearts of Americans -- will be a valued souvenir and memento of our national heritage.
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Key was inspired by the large U. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society , a men's social club in London. With a range of 19 semitones, it is known for being very difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas , only the first is commonly sung today. President Woodrow Wilson in , and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 46 Stat. Before , other songs served as the hymns of U.