I learned something today about our National Anthem……

“Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 3

* Francis Scott Key describes the British as arrogant and boastful in the lyrics ‘that band who so vauntingly swore’

* He is venting his anger at the British with the “foul footsteps’ pollution” lyrics inferring that the British poisoned the ground on which they walked

* But the poison and corruption had been washed away by the blood of the British

* The Star Spangled Banner lyrics “the hireling ” refers to the British use of Mercenaries (German Hessians) in the American War of Independence

* The Star Spangled Banner lyrics “…and slave” is a direct reference to the British practice of Impressment (kidnapping American seamen and forcing them into service on British man-of war ships). This was a Important cause of the War of 1812

* Francis Scott Key then describes the Star Spangled Banner as a symbol of triumph over all adversity”.

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