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A star-spangled story : battle for America

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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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[Arlington, VA] : Public Media Distribution, [2018]

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Originally broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel in 2014.

The Star-Spangled Banner is known by all, treasured for its powerful melody and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their meaning. Join us as we travel back to 1814, when Washington D.C. was under British attack during the "Second War of Independence," and the very bricks and mortar of American democracy were reduced to smoking rubble. We examine the battle that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to immortalize its final moemnts, then reveal how his poem transformed into an anthem.

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