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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.

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!!

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.