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The story of Francis Scott Key and the U.S. national anthem is so well known as to be all but unknown. The Star Spangled Music Foundation is dedicated to presenting the latest research on the U.S. national anthem, correcting several myths about the song, and putting it in context of American History.Did you know that there were more than 80 songs written to the same melody before Key wrote his lyric “In Defense of Fort McHenry,” which became “The Star Spangled Banner”? Did you know that there have been parody lyrics since Key’s day arguing for the abolition of slavery or the election of presidential candidates? Our teaching materials will provide the unknown story of Key’s anthem for you and your students.
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