The Story Behind The Star-Spangled Banner

An independent production of Make Your Mark Media, Anthem tells the story behind Francis Scott Key's creation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and explores the role of music and patriotism during The War of 1812.

Featuring musical performances and interviews with historians and music experts from the United States and Great Britain, this one-hour documentary delves into the people, songs and events that influenced Key to write what would become the National Anthem of the United States of America.

Anthem was first broadcast on Maryland Public Television December 19, 2012 at 9pm. National broadcasts on public television began in June 2013 and have been extended through October 2017. You can look for local broadcast times at American Public Television.

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