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In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

Baltimore's Star-Spangled Story

WHERE | Posted 11.08.2014 | Travel
WHERE

The sight that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what became the national anthem? A giant American flag above Baltimore's Fort McHenry on Sept. 14, 1814, signaling the city's rebuff of the mighty British navy during the War of 1812.

Baltimore, MD: 10 Patriotic And Peculiar Places You Probably Missed On Your First Visit

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Here are 10 quirky, unsung places in Baltimore you may have missed on your first visit.

The Bird and the Biscuit: Playing by the Rules

Harrison Demchick | Posted 09.29.2013 | Home
Harrison Demchick

When readers are distracted by illogic, they're not invested in your narrative; no matter how good the rest of your story may be, it's simply not going to hit readers the same way. Run a switchblade through a small part of the Mona Lisa and no one notices the masterpiece. All they see is the scratch.

'Drummer Boy Of Fort McHenry' Gets Special Honor

The Baltimore Sun | Mary Gail Hare | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC

The numerous descendants of Henry Lightner may have inherited the mettle he displayed in battle when they set out to trace their roots, find his unmar...

Old Drinking Song, Lyrics From 1814, a National Anthem in 1931

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

The Star Spangled Banner did not become the national anthem until 1916 when President Wilson declared it by Executive Order. But it wasn't until 1931 that it became the National Anthem by Congressional resolution.