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16Jan 19

When did people start singing the national anthem at sporting events?

“The Star-Spangled Banner” can be heard at sporting events across the US. Some people appreciate the chance to pause for patriotism. But others use the singing of the national anthem as a time for protest. High-profile examples have included NFL players kneeling during the anthem to protest social injustice. There…

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24Aug 16

How the national anthem has changed over the years

Musicologists examine the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner," discussing how the song has changed in the 200 years since it was written. Francis Scott Key would not recognize the version sung today, some claim. A group, called Star Spangled Music, has formed to celebrate and teach about the history of…

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“The Star-Spangled Banner” Interactive Flag

Video: The History of the Star-Spangled Banner

Source: Jack Martin/Vimeo Creative Commons

A dramatic telling of the history of the Star-Spangled Banner.

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