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U.S. Time Periods » 1763-1815: Revolution

The Star-Spangled Banner

recounts the story of the flag that inspired our national anthem. Learn about the design of the U.S. flag, how Francis Scott Key's song changed how Americans viewed the flag, and the flag code -- protocols for handling and displaying the U.S. flag. Take a 10-question quiz on the history of the U.S. flag and the Star-Spangled Banner. (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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Interesting Fact:

Francis Scott Key first published his impressions of the Fort McHenry victory as a broadside poem, with a note that it should be sung to the popular British melody "To Anacreon in Heaven." Soon after, Thomas Carr's Baltimore music store published the words and music together under the title "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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Birth of the Banner


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