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Weekly History News Roundup

Lincoln’s legacy under attack at Wisconsin-Madison… Student group protests statue to the Great Emancipator- millennial iconoclasm knows no bounds.

 

Trump’s Chief of Staff calls Robert E. Lee “honorable”… Thought police refuse to tolerate differing historical interpretations

 

More JFK assassination files released13,000 additional documents made public this week

 

NAACP calls for abolishing National AnthemCalifornia chapter believes the song to be racist

 

Ground finally broken on Eisenhower memorial… funding approved on controversial memorial, which will undoubtedly be protested when finished 

 

Lincoln: Defender of the Union or genocidal maniac?

 

 

 

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Shut up and Sing

Since the “Star Spangled Banner” became… the national anthem in 1931, singers have done nothing but complain.  The lyrics are confusing, the notes are too difficult, the verses too long….. no one likes to sing it.  There has been a concerted effort by performers for an easier anthem, far too many “talented” people have butchered the “Banner.”   “America, the Beautiful” is most often mentioned as a replacement, or at least a substitute.  Short verses, simple melody, and benign religious lyrics make it a favorite patriotic tune for performers.   Any attempt to change our national anthem would be a travesty, and “America the Beautiful” is not fitting music for a country like ours:

Try rehearsing the song, it shouldn't hurt this much

Try rehearsing the song, it shouldn’t hurt this much

  • “America the Beautiful” is a poem by Katherine Bates- composed in 1895, Bates’s lyrics describe the Rocky mountains, specifically Pike’s Peak
  • The tune is actually a hymnal written by Samuel Ward in 1882
  • The lyrics were not put to the hymnal until 1910
  • The poem has 5 stanzas, but  performers only sing one
  • “The Star Spangled Banner” is the national anthem by an act of Congress-  “America the Beautiful” is easier to sing
  • The religious lyrics do not fit well into the construct of a national anthem

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The Perfect Song

O'er the land of the free

O’er the land of the free

The “Star Spangled Banner” is the only…. song worthy to be our national anthem.  National anthems are bland airs that do not typically inspire and rarely capture the essence of the country they represent.  Written in conflict, inspired by perseverance, the “Star Spangled Banner” stands the test of history because it truly symbolizes the spirit of our nation.  The flag survived the bombardment- our country survived the perils of war.

Critics cite the difficult vocal demands… and  lyrics inspired by war as reason to find a new national anthem.  Despite popular myth, the melody of the “Banner” is not a British drinking song and the lyrics do not condone war.  Singers are tortured by the song because too many of them try to do too much with it.  Improvisation has become a subtle form of protest amongst popular artists.  Far too many singers try to leave their mark on the song for the sake of vanity.  Francis Scott Key’s lyrics capture a defining moment in our history; a time when the American experiment was in peril, yet our determination won the day.  Yes, the lyrics were written during a war, but this republic was worth fighting for- Key’s poem effectively recounts the struggle.

Gave proof through the night

Gave proof through the night

Our national anthem stands alone… in its ability to capture the American spirit.  Disillusioned disciples of the New Left can argue against this spirit in biased college classrooms, but it only takes a few bars of the “Banner” to relegate these petty assertions to the fringe where they belong.  Perseverance, bravery, and patriotism stand as the virtues preserved by the timeless words and inspirational melody – the “Star Spangled Banner”

Pride

Pride

Patriotism

Patriotism

John Legend and other armchair activists attack… the Banner rather than explore the limp protests against it.  Legend’s claim that our National Anthem lacked merit ignores the evidence- athletes, veterans, ordinary people moved to tears by the power of patriotism through song.  Mr. Legend should shut up, and sing….

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The Perfect Song

O'er the land of the free

O’er the land of the free

The “Star Spangled Banner” is the only…. song worthy to be our national anthem.  National anthems are bland airs that do not typically inspire and rarely capture the essence of the country they represent.  Written in conflict, inspired by perseverance, the “Star Spangled Banner” stands the test of history because it truly symbolizes the spirit of our nation.  The flag survived the bombardment- our country survived the perils of war.

Critics cite the difficult vocal demands… and  lyrics inspired by war as reason to find a new national anthem.  Despite popular myth, the melody of the “Banner” is not a British drinking song and the lyrics do not condone war.  Singers are tortured by the song because too many of them try to do too much with it.  Improvisation has become a subtle form of protest amongst popular artists.  Far too many singers try to leave their mark on the song for the sake of vanity.  Francis Scott Key’s lyrics capture a defining moment in our history; a time when the American experiment was in peril, yet our determination won the day.  Yes, the lyrics were written during a war, but this republic was worth fighting for- Key’s poem effectively recounts the struggle.

Gave proof through the night

Gave proof through the night

Our national anthem stands alone… in its ability to capture the American spirit.  Disillusioned disciples of the New Left can argue against this spirit in biased college classrooms, but it only takes a few bars of the “Banner” to relegate these petty assertions to the fringe where they belong.  Perseverance, bravery, and patriotism stand as the virtues preserved by the timeless words and inspirational melody – the “Star Spangled Banner”

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Gallantly Streaming

The United States needed a national anthem…. since the War of 1812, the de facto anthem had been “My Country, Tis of Thee” – or as it is better known, “God Save the Queen” – The British national anthem.   A brief history of the “Star Spangled Banner”

  • September 17, 1814– Francis Scott Key’s poem, “The Defense of Fort McHenry” is first published in Baltimore, MD.
  • October 19, 1814- Key’s poem is first performed in public to the tune of “Anacreon in Heaven” – the British melody Key had in mind as he penned the words
  • 1861-1865- “Star Spangled Banner” becomes one of the most popular Union songs during the Civil War
  • July 27, 1889- The US Navy orders the “Star Spangled Banner” to be played at all flag raising ceremonies
  • 1897- “The Star Spangled Banner” is first performed at a professional baseball game
  • July 4, 1915- Woodrow Wilson issues Executive Order for the “Banner” to be played at all government ceremonies
  • January, 1931- John Phillip Sousa writes President Herbert Hoover endorsing the “Banner” as the national anthem
  • March 3, 1931- Herbert Hoover signs a bill into law making the “Star Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States

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The Perfect Song

O'er the land of the free

O’er the land of the free

The “Star Spangled Banner” is the only…. song worthy to be our national anthem.  National anthems are bland airs that do not typically inspire and rarely capture the essence of the country they represent.  Written in conflict, inspired by perseverance, the “Star Spangled Banner” stands the test of history because it truly symbolizes the spirit of our nation.  The flag survived the bombardment- our country survived the perils of war.

Critics cite the difficult vocal demands… and  lyrics inspired by war as reason to find a new national anthem.  Despite popular myth, the melody of the “Banner” is not a British drinking song and the lyrics do not condone war.  Singers are tortured by the song because too many of them try to do too much with it.  Improvisation has become a subtle form of protest amongst popular artists.  Far too many singers try to leave their mark on the song for the sake of vanity.  Francis Scott Key’s lyrics capture a defining moment in our history; a time when the American experiment was in peril, yet our determination won the day.  Yes, the lyrics were written during a war, but this republic was worth fighting for- Key’s poem effectively recounts the struggle.

Gave proof through the night

Gave proof through the night

Our national anthem stands alone… in its ability to capture the American spirit.  Disillusioned disciples of the New Left can argue against this spirit in biased college classrooms, but it only takes a few bars of the “Banner” to relegate these petty assertions to the fringe where they belong.  Perseverance, bravery, and patriotism stand as the virtues preserved by the timeless words and inspirational melody – the “Star Spangled Banner”

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Shut up and Sing

Since the “Star Spangled Banner” became… the national anthem in 1931, singers have done nothing but complain.  The lyrics are confusing, the notes are too difficult, the verses too long….. no one likes to sing it.  There has been a concerted effort by performers for an easier anthem, far too many “talented” people have butchered the “Banner.”   “America, the Beautiful” is most often mentioned as a replacement, or at least a substitute.  Short verses, simple melody, and benign religious lyrics make it a favorite patriotic tune for performers.   Any attempt to change our national anthem would be a travesty, and “America the Beautiful” is not fitting music for a country like ours:

Try rehearsing the song, it shouldn't hurt this much

Try rehearsing the song, it shouldn’t hurt this much

  • “America the Beautiful” is a poem by Katherine Bates- composed in 1895, Bates’s lyrics describe the Rocky mountains, specifically Pike’s Peak
  • The tune is actually a hymnal written by Samuel Ward in 1882
  • The lyrics were not put to the hymnal until 1910
  • The poem has 5 stanzas, but  performers only sing one
  • “The Star Spangled Banner” is the national anthem by an act of Congress-  “America the Beautiful” is easier to sing
  • The religious lyrics do not fit well into the construct of a national anthem

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