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The National Anthem, Lincoln, the Slave Owner—and even Better, Dixie

Sunday, October 16, 2016 17:51
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The Star Spangled Banner, imagery created by Francis Scott Key in his poem written while aboard a British ship (he had been working as an American agent for prisoner exchange and was forced to remain aboard until after the assault on Fort McHenry) is the name for the well-known poem written by Key and later put to borrowed music. It became so popular that by 1916 Woodrow Wilson (by executive order) declared it the National Anthem. Later Congress, by resolution declared it again the National Anthem. Now neither of these actions have any Constitutional standing apart from some national being of the former republic. It was no accident that the seceding Southern states called themselves a confederacy (C.S.A.)

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