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First Name Basis Podcast

Jun 29, 2020

You think you know the story of Francis Scott Key watching the “rockets red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” as a prisoner on a British warship, but there is a lot to this story that you probably did not learn in history class. In this episode we unpack the man behind the Star Spangled Banner, how it became our National Anthem, and whether it truly represents American values. 


Annotated National Anthem


The Short History of the War of 1812 in Maryland 


Article: Star Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem by Jason Johnson 


What So Proudly We Hail, Documentary from Morgan State University 


Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free”


Where’s the Debate of Francis Scott Key’s Slaveholding Legacy by Christopher Wilson


Star Spangled Banner Born From a Drinking Song 200 Years Ago


The Fight for the Anthem


Oscar Stanton De Priest 


Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Resolution Paving Way to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag by Brittany Shammas

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood