Star Spangled Banner yet waves 200 years later

July 4, 2014 7:11 PM

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Star Spangled Banner yet waves 200 years later

BALTIMORE — It's been 200 years since a Washington lawyer, confined to a British troopship during their assault on an American fort guarding Baltimore, jotted down a series of pointed questions about the precarious fate of his country, just 27 years old and already under attack.

Defenceof Fort McHenry, the four-stanza poem that emerged, became a popular patriotic song and, eventually, our national anthem. Francis Scott Key's poem, which soon became The Star Spangled Banner, redefined our basic relationship with the Stars and Stripes, historians say, changing it quite litera...

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