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Star Spangled Banner History

Statue of Liberty and the Star Spangled Banner by Adam Morales. 1999. Driftwood and Paint. Photo: Dan Meyers.

The Star-Spangled Banner — I didn't know there were four verses in this song, this is a must read for every American!

from NY Daily News

KING: Why I'll never stand again for 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

Francis Scott Key, who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," celebrated slavery in the original lyrics. *** I thought it was an awesome protest move given current day conditions, but now I know the history behind it, I will never again stand for the #Star+Spangled+Banner.

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from the Guardian

Woodstock: previously unseen images

Hendrix,1969. Woodstock...I saw him in person with Bobby Rees in Muncie at the fairgrounds when we were teens. So cool!!

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from The New Yorker

Colin Kaepernick and the Radical Uses of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

In 1844, the abolitionist newspaper the Liberator published “A New Version of the National Song,” with lyrics by a man named E. A. Atlee. Although no music was printed, every reader would have known to sing Atlee’s text to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a thirty-year-old song that—alongside “Hail, Columbia” and “Yankee Doodle”—was at the forefront of a list of unofficial American national anthems.