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The Story of the US National Anthem (and How it Became Part of the National Pastime)

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As Francis Scott Key sat aboard a ship, now officially a prisoner of war, he could only watch as the British bombarded American forces at Fort McHenry. He had been sent to the British ship HMS Tonnant, along with John Stuart Skinner, by President James Madison himself to negotiate the release of prisoners of war.

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http://mentalfloss.com/article/18997/why-do-we-sing-national-anthem-sporting-events
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner#/media/File:The_Star-Spangled_Banner.JPG
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1918_Boston_Red_Sox.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_070501-N-3659B-381_Intelligence_Specialist_2nd_Class_Jarrod_Fowler,_from_San_Bernardino,_Calif.,_sings_the_National_Anthem_prior_to_a_San_Diego_Padres_baseball_game_which_honored_USS_Ronald_Reagan_(CVN_76).jpg
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