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The National Anthem

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Broadside, “The Star Spangled...
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Broadside, “The Star Spangled Banner,” Andrew's Printer, New York, c. 1861-65

“The Star Spangled Banner” steadily gained favor as a patriotic song. It was one of the most popular Union songs of the Civil War, and in the 1890s the U.S. Navy and Army adopted it for flag ceremonies. Representative J. Charles Linthicum of Baltimore, Maryland, proposed the bill passed by Congress in 1931 making it the national anthem.

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