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Episode 95 - Francis Scott Key and the American National Anthem

Episode 95 - Francis Scott Key and the American National Anthem

Jennie and Dianne learn about Francis Scott Key and his gravesite at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland. Francis Scott Key was a complicated man who opposed war, but believed in the freedom of the nation. He fought for the freedom of black people while at the same time owning slaves himself that he never intended to offer freedom. He was a poet, a father, a lawyer. In an Ordinary Extraordinary moment of jubilation after witnessing a victorious battle in the war of 1812, Key penned a poem that would one day become America's national anthem. 

(Painting: Percy Moran's painting depicting Francis Scott Key the morning after the bombardment of Fort McHenry.
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