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Simmering anger at Britain for interfering in American trade, impressing U. That August, British troops invaded Washington , D.

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The Royal Navy then trained its sights on the key seaport of Baltimore, Maryland. On September 13, U. Early the next morning, they hoisted a gigantic U. A Maryland-born attorney with a thriving practice in Washington, D.

Key had been helping to negotiate the release of an American civilian, Dr. William Beanes, who had been captured in an earlier battle. As a condition of the release, the British ordered the Americans not to return to shore during the attack on Baltimore. Back in Baltimore, he continued working until he had completed four verses only one of which is commonly known today. Written around by John Stafford Smith, the song honored the ancient Greek poet Anacreon, a lover of wine. The Anacreontic Song, as it was known, had a track record of popularity in the United States by Key himself had even used the tune before, as accompaniment for verses he wrote in commemorating American naval victories in the Barbary War.

After the war of , Key continued his thriving law career. He did speak out against the cruelties of the institution of slavery, but did not see abolition as the solution. Instead, Key became a leader of the colonization movement, which advocated the relocation of black slaves to Africa and eventually resulted in the modern nation of Liberia. By the s, the U. S military had adopted the song for ceremonial purposes, playing it to accompany the raising and lowering of the colors. The practice soon spread across major league baseball, and into other sports, and eventually became a widely accepted pregame tradition.

The Star-Spangled Banner, Smithsonian. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Francis Scott Key intended his verses to be song lyrics, not poetry. Although Key was an amateur poet and not a songwriter, when he composed his verses, he intended them to accompany a popular song of the American Flag is currently not available.

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