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Star Spangled Banner
Transcript of Star Spangled Banner
History of the National Anthem
Facts of the National Anthem
"The Star Spangled Banner" was published in a number of newspapers at the time, but by the Civil War it had become one of the most popular patriotic songs of the United States.
By the late 19th century, "The Star Spangled Banner" had become the official song of the U.S. military, but it wasn't until 1931 that the United States officially made "The Star Spangled Banner" the official national anthem of the country.
Interestingly, it was Robert L. Ripley of "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" that spurred the interest of the American people to demand "The Star Spangled Banner" to become the official national anthem.
On November 3, 1929, Ripley ran a panel in his syndicated cartoon stating that "Believe It or Not, America has no national anthem." Americans were shocked and wrote five million letters to Congress demanding Congress proclaim a national anthem.
The American Dream Continued...
When the Star Spangled Banner is played, a person is reminded of America and the freedom and opportunities that this country offers. An American dream can be the smallest thing for a person, such as having freedom (speech, press, etc) or liberty.
Brodie Long and Jaylen Vira
The lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner came from "Defence of Fort M'Henry," a poem written in 1814 by a 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.
American lawyer Francis Scott Key (1779 - 1843), circa 1810. Key is best known for writing the words to the national anthem of the United States of America, 'The Star-Spangled Banner'.
The American Dream
The Star Spangled Banner
represent the American dream, because it is the song of America. It represents who we are, and the freedom and liberty that we have.
The Star Spangled Banner
You might have known the tradition of a pre-game performance of the Star Spangled Banner has roots in the World Wars, but did you know the first professional game to feature the song was the 1918 World Series? It wasn't until after World War II, though, that singing before games became a given.
More History of the National Anthem
The poem was printed in newspapers and eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven" by composer John Stafford Smith. People began referring to the song as "The Star-Spangled Banner" and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson announced that it should be played at all official events.
The National Anthem at Sporting Events
Through the many years it has been in America, we still sing it proudly.