Francis Scott Key and "The Star Spangled Banner" by Lynea BowdishMany people know the countrys national anthem, but not many people know the origin story of it. Francis Scott Key tried to convince British troops to free a captive American during the War of 1812. They agreed, but the two men had to stay with the British until after a battle. During the battle, Key could not tell who was winning until the sun rose the next morning and the American flag was still standing. This book explains the complete story in a compelling way.
I really liked this book. It told an interesting part of history in a good way. The illustrations are really beautiful. I think its really interesting to see how certain parts of the story directly coincide with verses in the song.
I would use this in an elementary or middle school classroom during a unit on American history.
Star Spangled Banner As You've Never Heard It
8 Things You Don’t Know about “The Star-Spangled Banner”
O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
But how much do you really know about our national anthem? The stanzas recount the Battle of Baltimore, a days-long siege between British and American forces. Mark Clague is an associate professor of musicology and American culture at the University of Michigan and a co-founder of the Star Spangled Music Foundation.
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On a rainy September 13, , British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D. It was another chapter in the ongoing War of A week earlier, Francis Scott Key, a year-old American lawyer, had boarded the flagship of the British fleet on the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of persuading the British to release a friend who had recently been arrested. Key's tactics were successful, but because he and his companions had gained knowledge of the impending attack on Baltimore, the British did not let them go. They allowed the Americans to return to their own vessel but continued guarding them.