Francis Scott Key: The Star Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key: The Star Spangled Banner
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  • Key they're going to bombard Fort McHenery!!!
  • Indeed, you may but after the bombardment.
  • I ask of you to release Dr. William Beanes please.
  • After the British went to Washington D.C and burnt the White house, their next target was Baltimore.
  • After Francis Scott Key's friend, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key travels to Baltimore to negotiate his release.
  • O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light. 
  • Francis Scott Key watched from the British Bombard Fort McHenery 8 miles away.
  • This is very good Key.
  • Why thank you.
  • In the clearing smoke of the dawn’s early light, on September 14, he saw the American Flag flying over the fort, announcing an American victory.
  • Key put his thoughts on paper while still on board the ship, setting his words to the tune of a popular English song.
  • His brother-in-law, commander of a militia at Fort McHenry, read Key’s work and had it distributed under the name Defense of Fort M’Henry.
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