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Annotation:As American troops in Fort McHenry successfully fended off attacks from the British navy during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," a poem that eventually formed the lyrics of the American national anthem.
Annotation:Describes the Civil War battle of Morris Island, South Carolina, during which Sargeant William H. Carney became the first African American to earn a Congressional Medal of Honor by preserving the flag.
Annotation:Relates the Revolutionary War adventures of Betsy Ross, who sewed the first American flag at the request of George Washington, interspersed with verses of original song lyrics to be sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle."
Annotation:It was September 14, 1814, and the United States and Great Britain were at war. Frances Scott Key watched the fighting from the deck of a British ship. He was being held captive, with rockets flaring and bombs exploding all around him. After 25 hours, the fighting finally stopped, and Key peered through the clearing smoke. Who had won? Was the American flag still flying? Key wrote a poem about his experience that was later set to music. This book tells the story of the events that make up "The Star-Spangled Banner" and how the song spread across the nation and became our national anthem.
Annotation:Presents the full text of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in both its original version and in a translated version using everyday language. Describes the events that led to the creation of America's national anthem and its significance through history.