Today in History–September 13–the Library of Congress features our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. On September 13, 1814 a lawyer named Francis Scott Key witnessed the British bombing Fort McHenry from Baltimore harbor and decided to write a song to commemorate what he saw. Uncover more of the story by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access learning activities and more primary sources.
Learning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner suggested grades: K-2
Learning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner suggested grades: 3-5
Bringing the “Banner” to Light Library of Congress blog June 27, 2014
First Drafts: “The Star-Spangled Banner” Library of Congress blog October 19, 2012
A Yankee Spangled Banner in the Old Town Tonight Now See Hear! blog September 25, 2014