This engaging, story-filled history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by musicologist Mark Clague explores the meanings and traditions of the national anthem across more than two centuries of American history.
- American Dreams
Francis Scott Key and the Writing of The Star-Spangled Banner
- Origins of a Melody
The Music of The Star-Spangled Banner
- Banner Ballads
The Many Lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner
- The Banner at War
A Song Sanctified
- Play Ball!
The Banner in Sports
- Singing Citizenship
A Tradition of Dissent
- Nation in Translation
Language and the Politics of Belonging
- The Anthem and Black Lives
An American History
- Performing Patriotism
Musical Style as Social Symbol
The book is available from your local bookseller, as well as online retailers such as Barnes and Noble & Amazon. Audio recordings that illustrate the book are available on our recording Poets & Patriots and can be heard here for free. Musical scores to perform many of these songs and anthem variants are available in our Star Spangled Songbook.
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