Today in 1814, Francis Scott Key memorializes the experience of watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces during the War of 1812.

Defence of Fort M'Henry

The sight of the lone United States flag still waving over the fort the following morning inspired Key, who later wrote theses lines which, paired with song, eventually became the U.S. national anthem.

First Verse

Verse Two

Verse Three

Verse Four

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  1. “Hireling and slave” refers, of course, to the British. Hard to see how anyone can read something else into it, yet they do.

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