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The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem

Noting its "broad stripes and bright stars," Francis Scott Key turned the Star-Spangled Banner into the principle symbol of American patriotism with his poetic account of the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. This engaging site from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History accompanies an in situ exhibit celebrating the history and legacy of the flag behind the...