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Star-spangled banner : the unlikely story of America's national anthem

Author: Marc Ferris
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nearly every American knows The Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States of America. Yet many people dislike the song, contend that it glorifies militarism, and question its suitability as the musical embodiment of nationhood. Even professional vocalists have trouble singing the multi-octave melody and remembering the words. So why in 1931 did Congress designate it as the official national  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Ferris
ISBN: 9781421415185 9781421415192 1421415186 1421415194
OCLC Number: 879370575
Description: x, 302 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Anthem before a nation, 1814-1860 --
American dischord, 1860-1865 --
Striving to reunify, 1865-1900 --
Duties and customs, 1880-1910 --
Stars and stripes forever, 1890-1920 --
Marching under the banner, 1898-1931 --
Trials and triumphs, 1931-1954 --
Star-spangled consensus, 1954-1963 --
Postmodern patriotism, 1964-2014.
Responsibility: Marc Ferris.

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This entertaining book will appeal to patriots of all persuasions, along with sports fans, musicians, veterans, history buffs, and anyone who has ever struggled to hit the high notes in the land of  Read more...

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With its in-depth details not only about the making of the song but its incorporation into American history and lives, this is a powerful pick for any interested in American or musical history. * Read more...

 
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