[Surnetkids] Star-Spangled Banner

Dear Reader,

In celebration of Francis Scott Key’s birthday (Aug 1, 1779), today’s topic is the Star Spangled Banner. For more August anniversaries and holidays, visit the Surfnetkids August Calendar.

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Barbara J. Feldman
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Star-Spangled Banner


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“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light / What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? / Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, / O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?” These lyrics, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, became the opening words to our National Anthem by Congressional resolution on March 3, 1931. Learn what they mean, and how they came to be written with these Star-Spangled Banner web picks.

Ben’s Guide: Star-Spangled Banner

For elementary grades, Ben Franklin tells the story of how Francis Scott Key was held overnight by the British during the bombing of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. In the morning light, when Key saw the huge American flag still flying over the fort, he knew that the Americans were victorious. The poem that he scribbled down in gratitude that morning became the lyrics to our national anthem more than one hundred years later.

History.com: On This Day in History: Key Pens Star-Spangled Banner

“On this day [September 13] in 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ The poem, originally titled ‘The Defence of Fort McHenry,’ was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812.” Visit to view a short video, and then peruse the related links at the bottom, including “8 National Anthem Backstories,” and “9 Things You May Not Know About ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.'”

Library of Congress: Star-Spangled Banner

Visit this Library of Congress archive to view a copy of the first printed edition of the Star-Spangled Banner sheet music that combines both words and music. The words, as we’ve learned today, were written by Francis Scott Key. The tune, however, was not original. It was a well-known drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

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Star-Spangled Banner Printable
Star-Spangled Banner Wikipedia Printable
Betsy Ross Printable
American Flag Printable
Pledge of Allegiance Printable
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“Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke. Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song? ” ~~ Francis Scott Key ~~ (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843) American lawyer and amateur poet known for writing the lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Click this link to check out other quotes with the theme of freedom.

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