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This is the national anthem of the United States (by a Act of Congress in 1931). The song is about The Star-Spangled Banner (1795-1818), a version of the United States flag which had only 15 stars and 15 stripes (red and 7 white). The Star-Spangled Banner (1795-1818) is also referred to as the "15 Odd Star Flag."
In 1777, John Stafford Smith, an Englishman, wrote the words for the poem "To Anacreon in Heaven." This is the poem that Francis Scott Key "borrowed" for his poem, The Star-Spangled Banner. (Plagiarism was not a big issue back then.)
Be sure to see the link to the original 1814 musical score below this musical piece.
Source: Our Country's Call To Service: A Manual of Patriotic Activities Through the Schools by J. W. Studebaker. Copyrighted and published in 1918 by Scott, Foresman and Co., New York, New York. 223 pages
See the original score of the Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key at the American Treasures of the Library of Congress - Memory Exhibit Section.
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a museum in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to Mary Young Pickersgill and her work in sewing the flag that flew over Fort Henry in the War of 1812. This is the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner poem.
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