Francis Scott Key
The ritual is not above reproach.
The third verse of the Star Spangled Banner, which curses escaped slaves to the grave for joining with the British, is going from obscure to infamous, thanks in part to Jon Schwarz's article on The Intercept about Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand for the national anthem.
The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.
As Washington prepares for a historic visit by India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 29, many are unaware of the histories of these two free economies, which have been delicately intertwined for more than 500 years.
Let's talk about another prominent American hero who had a love for God... Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. July 21, 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. Aldrin did something very special when he and Armstrong landed the lunar module on the moon.
How 'Merica are you? Well, put down your apple pie body spray, step away from your bald eagle Oculus Rift simulator and prove
Here are 10 quirky, unsung places in Baltimore you may have missed on your first visit.
On Flag Day (June 14), the townspeople of Frederick, Maryland will host a big celebration to kick off the year leading up to the 200th anniversary of the composition of The Star Spangled Banner.
Francis Scott Key, the Washington lawyer and poet who wrote the "Star Spangled Banner," is the most unknown famous person in American history. What does Key's forgotten story mean as the 200th anniversary of his most famous work approaches?
I have always been interested in how literature and place intersect, especially in my adopted city of Washington, D.C.
Read the rest of the lyrics, which are rarely sung, below: The Grammy Award-winner sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Super
When Key saw the tattered Stars and Stripes still flying over the fort the following morning, he cast aside his negative
The Star Spangled Banner did not become the national anthem until 1916 when President Wilson declared it by Executive Order. But it wasn't until 1931 that it became the National Anthem by Congressional resolution.