The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter SpierDue to careful research, Spiers artwork depicts the dawns early light and the rockets red glare with remarkable authenticity and detail in this celebratory book. Among the highlights: a brief history of the anthem, a reproduction of Francis Scott Keys original manuscript, music for guitar and piano chords and many photographs.
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The words were written in by Francis Scott Key, who had been inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after a night of heavy British bombardment. The text was immediately set to a popular melody of the time, "To Anacreon in Heaven. The National Anthem consists of four verses.
Many have heard the story about Francis Scott Key and how, when detained on a British ship overnight in , was moved to write the words while witnessing the shelling of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. A brief synopsis of this piece of history can be viewed on InfoPlease , an online encyclopedia. But how did the lyrics turn into a song, and this become our national anthem? That debate continues! If you would like to sing along, here is one of many pages that offers the words and music, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for Kids.
After a century of general use, the four-stanza song was officially adopted as the national anthem by an act of Congress in The melody was used repeatedly throughout the 18th and 19th centuries with lyrics that changed with the affairs of the day. The first stanza , somewhat humorous, reads as follows:. Atlee was written for the abolitionist cause. Its first stanza is as follows:.
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Exploring the impact of America's national anthem, which is set to the tune of an English social men's club song. From November It was set to an English social men's club song and recognized as the national anthem in Notoriously difficult to sing, and traditionally played at public sports events and orchestral concerts, the anthem has inspired emotion and attracted controversy. See all episodes from Soul Music. How The Stars and Stripes became an emotional symbol of a nation. This episode is related to The Star-Spangled Banner.