The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key (written in 1814) with the musical score

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The Star-Spangled Banner - A Patriotic Song 
by Francis Scott Key (written in 1814) with a 1918 musical score. 

This is the national anthem of the United States (by a Act of Congress in 1931). The song is about The Star-Spangled Banner (1795-1818), a version of the United States flag which had only 15 stars and 15 stripes (red and 7 white). The Star-Spangled Banner (1795-1818) is also referred to as the "15 Odd Star Flag."

In 1777, John Stafford Smith, an Englishman, wrote the words for the poem "To Anacreon in Heaven." This is the poem that Francis Scott Key "borrowed" for his poem, The Star-Spangled Banner. (Plagiarism was not a big issue back then.)

Be sure to see the link to the original 1814 musical score below this musical piece.

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Source: Our Country's Call To Service: A Manual of Patriotic Activities Through the Schools by J. W. Studebaker. Copyrighted and published in 1918 by Scott, Foresman and Co., New York, New York. 223 pages

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Links of Interest

See the original score of the Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key at the American Treasures of the Library of Congress - Memory Exhibit Section.

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a museum in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to Mary Young Pickersgill and her work in sewing the flag that flew over Fort Henry in the War of 1812. This is the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner poem.

The Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Behring Center)

A photo of The Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian Photographic Services: From A Different View

Sound Clips: STAR-SPANGLED BANNER with male voice at the Grolier Presents The American Presidency

American Legion
Our Flag - The Pledge of Allegiance with explanations of what it means.
Home Of Heroes
The Star Spangled Banner - nice graphic
The 2001 Downloadble Freedom Calendar
- History of The Star Spangled Banner, Our National Anthem. See all the great links at the bottom of the page!
Mike Todd's guide to the US ... and other stories - An American Encyclopedia
American patriotic songs
    The American National Anthem - background
         The words (old and new) of The Star-Spangled Banner
    America (My Country 'tis of Thee)
         The words of My Country 'tis of thee
America the Beautiful (America! America!)
         The words of America the Beautiful

National Flag Day Foundation, Inc.

Citizens' Flag Alliance, Inc.

Epilogue: What You Don't Know about the Writing of The Star Spangled Banner (at Tom Cavanaugh's The Road to Washington - British Army Style.) This is a discussion of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner: 
First: The Official Story at the Fort McHenry - Birthplace of Our National Anthem - Listen to it in .midi format and see the modern score.
Now, what really happened

Dick Grogan's Unofficial American Flag Page

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