The Banner Yet Waves: 200 Years of Star-Spangled History

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 6/9/2014

More than just the tale of one flag and the song it inspired, the history of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is also the story of how Americans, often in times of war and popular crisis, have expressed their patriotism and defined their identity as one community and one nation. From the “broad stripes and bright stars” of the flag raised in victory on a Baltimore dawn in 1814 grew a national anthem and a national symbol that still inspires and unites Americans 200 years later. Explore the life of this song and its lyrics through 13 historic renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner. Learn about the changing times and perspectives that have continued to find their voices and their spirits in these words for 200 years.

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