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The Star-Spangled Banner

Story of Our National Anthem

Published by Mason Crest
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

In September of 1814, the United States was a relatively young country engaged in a war with the most powerful nation of the time, Great Britain. A British fleet launched a devastating overnight bombardment of the American fort that defended Baltimore harbor. As the sun rose the next morning, a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key who had observed the battle saw that the American flag was still flying. Inspired, he wrote a poem that would later be set to music as "The Star-Spangled Banner"—our national anthem. Today, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is often performed before sporting events and other public functions. The national anthem is an important patriotic symbol because it reminds us about a critical moment in American history, and how our flag—which represents American democracy and values—has continued to fly proudly despite all attacks and outside pressures.

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  • Publisher: Mason Crest (November 17, 2014)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781422287552
  • Ages: 6 - 99

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