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O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of the Star-Spangled Banner

O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of the Star-Spangled Banner

Clague, Mark

Hardcover

General United States HistoryGeneral World HistoryMusic Reference

Publisher Price: $28.95

ISBN10: 039365138X
ISBN13: 9780393651386
Publisher: W W Norton & Co
Published: Jun 14 2022
Pages: 352
Weight: 1.30
Height: 1.40 Width: 6.20 Depth: 8.90
Language: English

Most Americans learn the tale in elementary school: During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key witnessed the daylong bombardment of Baltimore's Fort McHenry by British navy ships; seeing the Stars and Stripes still flying proudly at first light, he was inspired to pen his famous lyric. What Americans don't know is the story of how this everyday broadside ballad, one of thousands of such topical songs that captured the events and emotions of early American life, rose to become the nation's one and only anthem and today's magnet for controversy.

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